The last hurrah for Harrah’s says a lot about the changing face of Reno, Nevada. Set atop the original location of the bingo parlor, which was founder William Harrah’s first gaming enterprise in Nevada when he established it in 1937, the casino became legendary after opening the following year, expanding over the decades and playing host to such entertainers as Sammy Davis Jr. It was a jewel in the crown of a businessman who would help build the city’s gaming industry.
Later this year, the commotion of the slot machines and bustle of the gaming tables at Harrah’s will fall silent. The building will be remodeled and transformed in September to make way for Reno City Center, a forthcoming mixed-use development targeting the new money in town: millennial tech workers.
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