Golden Gate Celebrates 118th Anniversary — PHOTOS | Casino and games

Las Vegas knows how to celebrate newcomers like Fontainebleau, but it also knows how to honor its pioneers, one of which is located downtown at the corner of Main and Fremont streets.

The Golden Gate, the city’s first hotel, held a ceremony Thursday to celebrate its 118th anniversary.

“Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and think about where we came from,” said Golden Gate CEO Derek Stevens, who bought the hotel in 2008 with his brother Greg. “And there’s no better place to think about it than the famous Golden Gate.”

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman presented Stevens with a proclamation recognizing Jan. 18 as “Golden Gate Day” to honor the city’s oldest hotel.

“We celebrate this historic landmark in the heart of downtown, where the past meets the future and where the Las Vegas experience is alive and well,” Goodman said.

The hotel opened in 1906 as the Hotel Nevada. It originally had only 10 rooms, which are still in use today. The city’s first telephone was installed in the hotel in 1907.

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