The Fabulous Four Queens
It’s hard to believe that it has been three and half years since I left the Las Vegas News Bureau for my new and crazy adventure at Zappos.com. Though I still curate exhibitions and continue to bloviate about the cultural arts in fabulous Las Vegas, I do on occasion try to find the time for one of my most impassioned endeavors: history.
Goodness knows I love the history of my hometown, so much so that I was driving one day and realized that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Four Queens Hotel and Casino. Though Caesars Palace is getting all the attention for its 50th anniversary, downtown denizens have to celebrate the historic heart of our community.
In this photo, provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, we see Four Queens president and owner Ben Goffstein during the ribbon-cutting ceremony that took place on June 2, 1966. Goffstein is standing between his older daughters Michele and Benita. Next to Benita is Four Queens vice president Tommy Callahan and the two young ladies standing in the foreground are Goffstein’s younger daughters Hope and Faith. If you didn’t already know, the Four Queens is named after Goffstein’s four beautiful daughters.
Brian Paco Alvarez is a Las Vegas native and a graduate from the UNLV Department of Anthropology. He’s the former curator of the Las Vegas News Bureau Photo and Film Archives and currently the art curator, corporate historian and z’boutique buyer for the online company Zappos.com, Inc.