The Hotel Galvez-Galveston, Texas. Four generations of my family have stayed in this wonderful hotel. Since my grandparents spent their honeymoon here, we have some wonderful photos of that time period.
Wish I could go back in time to vintage Las Vegas of the late fifties/early sixties. See the Rat Pack in concert, do a little gambling... I love the gunslinger Slot Machines shown here! ~~ Houston Foodlovers Book Club
The Texas/Louisiana state-line is a short 1 hour 45 minute drive along Interstate 10 East. Approximately 30 minutes into Louisiana, Lake Charles has become a popular gambling destination for Houstonians. Many chartered buses offer daily service to the casinos at reasonable rates and from locations all over the city.(As you will notice from the photo, Texas truly is a big state, with a nearly 900 mile drive along Interstate 10 from Louisiana to New Mexico.
Archie Bell & the Drells was an American R&B vocal group from Houston, Texas, and one of the main acts on Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records. The band's hits include "Tighten Up", "I Can't Stop Dancing" (both 1968), "There's Gonna Be A Showdown", "Girl You're Too Young" (1969), "Here I Go Again" (also a UK hit in 1972), "Soul City Walk" (1976), "Let's Groove", "Everybody Have A Good Time" (1977), and "Don't Let Love Get You Down" (1976).
Original Caption: Rangers Wreck Texas Night Club. Houston -- The above photo shows the interior of The Playhouse, an ornate night club of Houston, Texas, after Texas Rangers wielded axes during the state-wide drive on gambling. In this club, equipment valued at $15,000 was destroyed, three alleged operators were arrested, and eighty men and women were to be called as witnesses. (1935)
GALVESTON: ISLAND OF CHANCE, by Frank E. Chalfant. 179 pages, illustrated with 464 photographs (382 in color) of gambling chips and related ephemera and memorabilia from gambling establishments in Galveston County, Houston and around the state of Texas. Contents include the history of gambling (with a chapter on the Maceo family), the establishments, and unidentified chips among other topics.
Frank Joseph Caracci (October 12, 1923 – September 6, 1996) was a Louisiana businessman, nightclub owner and alleged capo of the New Orleans crime family. He was considered to be a major figure in the Marcello organization. Caracci was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1970, in a Judiciary Committee hearing he was identified as a “Cosa Nostra involved” gambler and strip club operator. Caracci was also described in a Life Magazine article as a “Marcello mobster”. He was notably the owner of…
The Balinese Room was a well-known nightclub in Galveston, Texas, United States built on a pier stretching 600 feet from the Galveston Seawall over the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For decades a dance hall and illegal casino, the Balinese Room was remodeled and reopened in 2001 without the gambling. In 1997, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. During the early morning hours of September 13, 2008, the structure was completely destroyed by Hurricane Ike.