It wouldn't be long until the visions of architect Wayne McAllister were brought to Las Vegas to create similar plush resorts on a barren strip of road in the Nevada desert. The name Mo-Tel soon after became a generic term, used for any 'roadside-hotel' that built rooms under a single roof instead of using the individual cottage layout of auto-courts.
In Kentucky, a person could find wigwam-cabins cement tee-pees. Never before had so much prosperity and technological changes been placed upon a nation. This would be what the later Strip would be able to provide, as opposed to the pedestrian Downtown properties.
With the legalization of gambling in the state of Nevada, a handful of Fremont Street bars and hotels rushed to get their gaming licences and began converting their existing business into gambling halls. With the creation of the Ford Model T, auto first casino built on the strip and ownership changed dramatically. The world's first motel was built in San Luis Obispo, California in In he created plans for the most modern casino in Las Vegas The Desert Inn and two years later designed the Sands.
The car-oriented placement of The Meadows, near the major highway of the time, set the template for what would later be done by the El Rancho hotel-casino complex and its placement on the Los Angeles-Arrowhead Highway five years after The Meadows shut down. Inhe was again hired to create the Downtown Vegas' first high-rise hotel, the Fremont Hotel and Casino.
Most importantly, Wayne McAllister would later go on to play an important role in Las Vegas development thru his knowledge of roadside architecture and casino design. In this route to Las Vegas was included in America's state highway system.
In the quiet, sleepy railroad-stop called Las Vegas - gambling had just become legal with the ban against gambling lifted. After designing Agua Caliente, McAllister gained fame for designing nightclubs and restaurants in Southern California. The free auto-camps and public toilets, of the early s, led to development of more suitable travel stops known as auto and motor courts.
Entire chains of motor-courts developed over the years with names like 'Kozy Kottages' of Wigwam Village'. Auto-courts would usually incorporate their unique local landmarks and geographic attractions into the design of their motorist campgrounds. In the Anthony Cornero family took the initiative to build the first, all-new casino property from the ground up.
From the time of its May 2, opening, it was a great success. The Meadows originator and owner, Tony Cornero would later go on to operate gaming-boats such as the S. Auga Calient was a tremendous success and hugely popular with wealthy Americans and celebrities. In the Southwest, they could sleep in mini-adobe huts. Rex Casino in the ground floor of the Apache Hotel.
It closed in and the building later caught fire and the entire complex was demolished. At the time, Boulder Highway was the most heavily used road into Las Vegas; especially used most by the construction workers building Boulder Dam and only had a few barn-like, roadhouses along its five mile length. This centralization of auto-travel facilities marked the beginning of what is now know as Roadside Architecture.
Car production increased steadily until when over 4 million cars were manufactured in a single year. The Meadows was the first gaming establishment to combine casino space with a cabaret, showroom, restaurant, plus fifty hotel rooms. The resort an airstrip, championship golf and tennis facilities. At the time, car use was mainly for the wealthy.
By annual auto production reached 2 million. These commerical, tourist courts were composed of fenced-off land containing roughly small cabins and cottages with individual driveways for overnight car parking. The Ford Model T became the world's most influential car of the twentieth century. The architect hired to design Agua Caliente was an astoundingly young nineteen year old named Wayne McAllister.
The concept of road-art, where motor-courts and roadside-cafes used eye-catching signs and themed buildings would develop for over two decades before it became used on the highways leading to Downtown Las Vegas. Sunset Strip, nightclub owner Billy Wilkerson - that led to the building of the Flamingo in Rex off the shores of California until anti-gaming laws took effect in the early s.
In approximately 3, cars were built in American car factories.
The impact of car use caused a ripple-effect of subsequent changes. First casino built on the strip Calitene opened as the one of the most lavish, public entertainment the quad resort and casino located next to flamingo of its time.
Heinman is credited with giving birth to the concept and name "Mo-tel" a combination Motor and Hotel. Heinman's Motel still stands next to the Apple Farm Inn.
McAllister would design the first Strip casino-motel ever built the El Rancho in It was owned and designed by architect Arthur Heinman, who planned for a string of 18 motels to operate along the coast of the western USA, from Los Angeles to Seattle.