Tropicana Legacy: Iconic era for Las Vegas comes to a close

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Tropicana Legacy: Iconic era for Las Vegas comes to a close
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas is saying goodbye to a beloved staple in the valley.

Tropicana Las Vegas is shutting its doors. The casino closes Tuesday after decades of service, shows and memories since opening in 1957.

From the visitors, celebrities and employees, FOX5 has full team coverage as the valley says goodbye.

FOX5′s Lisa Sturgis spoke with a UNLV gaming historian and obtained photos from LVCVA’s archive looking back at the casino and hotel’s opening day.

A showgirl who joined Les Folies Bergere in 1975 reminds us that visitors flocked to the Tropicana Hotel to see the renowned production and performers.

Pamela Coleman is working her last shift as a bartender at the Tropicana hotel in Las Vegas.

She took FOX5′s John Huck around the property to explain what she feels as the Las Vegas hotel is set to close on Tuesday.

Bartender Charlie Granado spoke with FOX5 recalling memories of when he first started working at the Tropicana when he was 22 years old.

After almost 67 years, Tropicana Las Vegas nears the end of its era on the Strip.

FOX5′s Shawna Khalafi spoke to longtime employees who look back at the casino’s iconic years.

The walkways outside and casino floors inside the Tropicana Las Vegas Casino Resort were packed full of people Monday night as the historic hotel prepares to close its doors for good.

Some guests are getting the full tropicana experience while they still can, checking in to rooms before the final check-out on Tuesday, when the historic hotel closes for good.

“It really is a beautiful casino, and even walking through there today, you hate to see an era gone by.”

FOX5 spoke to a family visiting the Tropicana who recalls their first visit in the 1960s.

FOX5′s Shawna Khalafi spoke to a Las Vegas teen photographer who says he’s sad to see the Tropicana go as it gave a “classic Las Vegas feel.”

He told us why he took photos of the casino before it closes.

Frantic calls from couples hope to secure a wedding date before the Tropicana’s closing date.

FOX5 was at the Laugh Factory where Murray SawChuck had his last show at the Tropicana. His show ran for 12 years, and he says he’s sad to see it go.

“Vegas is known to change, it’s been evolving ever since,” he said.