One of Las Vegas’ true pioneers, Jackie Gaughan, will celebrity his 82nd birthday on Thursday. A throwback to the founding fathers who owned hotel-casinos and ran the operations from the seat of their pants, Gaughan owns the Plaza, El Cortez, Western, Gold Spike and Las Vegas Club properties, all in downtown Las Vegas.
To celebrate his birthday, the properties will be serving champagne and cake and will toast their boss with cards and other expressions of congratulations.
Gaughan arrived in Las Vegas in the early 1960s. He was a member of the U.S. Air Force and in transit to Tonopah. Ultimately, he bought the El Cortez in 1963, which began his Monopoly game-like accumulation of hotel-casinos.