Vegas' -and Nevada's- first shopping mall had humble beginnings as the strip shopping plaza seen above. It opened for business in 1961 and was anchored by the Thriftimart grocery and Skaggs Drug stores seen on the left.
Photo from University of Nevada, Las Vegas University Libraries / Bill Willard Collection


A circa-'61 physical layout of the open-air CHARLESTON PLAZA. It would be expanded into an enclosed mall in 1963.