The Stardust - March, 2007
How did it look: Wake up, sleepy. It happened in the dark at 2am.
Emotional impact: High. The resort screamed "vintage Vegas" with an iconic sign, drive-in movie theater, and Wayne Newton, who became the first Strip headliner to make $25 million a year for a residency.
What’s there now: The abandoned Echelon resort, which is now being replaced with the Asian-themed Resorts World.
Fun fact: Howard Hughes actually tried to buy the place in '66, but was shot down by Uncle Sam because he already owned too many casinos.