By way of VegasTripping.com, a 25 minute video exploring the Paradise Strip and Las Vegas Boulevard in January of 1988:
From the creator of the video:
Las Vegas Strip street drive from 1988. I taped this from the car window in real time (edited the long traffic lights) on January 11, 1988. Starting from the Landmark casino on Convention Center drive, turning unto Paradise going north to Sahara avenue, then heading south on the Las Vegas Strip, u-turn at the Hacienda casino then going north on the Strip to just past Sahara. Some old casinos that are no longer there can be seen: Dunes, Desert Inn, El Rancho, Stardust, Silver City, Frontier, Silver Slipper, Marina, Hacienda, Paddlewheel, Sands, Vegas World, Westward Ho, Aladdin, Holiday Inn, Peppermill, Landmark and more.
The amazing thing for me is not all the new-replaces-old construction, but simply how much grade-level dirt was still available on the The Strip just 25 years ago. Las Vegas is a city with no past, and that’s a good thing. But it’s nice to have a chance to see it the way it was.