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If there’s such a thing as Las Vegas the way it used to be, you’ll find it 90 minutes to the south, in Laughlin, said Rob Kachelreiss in Thrillist.com. The unincorporated town was created out of nothing just 55 years ago, when founder Don Laughlin decided to buy a tiny motel right on the Colorado River at the southern tip of the state that’s bordered by Arizona and California. Today there are nine casinos in town, linked by water taxis and all catering to return customers who like it that little has changed in a quarter-century. “It’s Middle America, it’s Old West,” and it’s a place where a visitor can gamble, have dinner, and see a show without breaking the bank. Dining options include Bumbleberry Flats, where every booth has two self-serve beer taps, and Losers’ Lounge, decorated with photos of Tonya Harding, O.J. Simpson, et al. Don Laughlin? He’s still around, too, living in the penthouse of one of the riverfront casinos.
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