The Linq is located in the heart of the Strip and features a staggering total of 2,640 rooms as well as 75,000 square feet of gaming facilities. It stands as a testament to the rare breed of business owner that held sole possession of an elite Las Vegas hotel-casino resort.
Ralph Engelstad operated as a general contractor from the mid-50s until 1971, when he positioned himself to purchase the Flamingo Capri Hotel, already a famous landmark and soon to be an even more famous entertainment nexus.
The The Linq began its ascent when Englestad contracted himself to erect a number of low-rise buildings while dealing out 250 new jobs.
A short year later, gaming operations commenced, followed in 1974 by the opening of the east and north buildings as well as the Shangri-La Pool. The legendary casino followed in 1979 and the The Linq was then employing well over a thousand workers.
Engelstad revealed his personal vision and implemented an Oriental architectural design, based on Japanese temples and including numerous materials imported from overseas. The grounds, facilities and interior décor all reflected his theme to maximum effect as visitors would encounter grand carved dragons, wind chime chandeliers, an authentic dining experience, and even tailored employee apparel.
The Imperial Theatre showroom invested in the The Linq’s bright future the following year, opening with 850 seats and attracting some of the city and country’s top entertainers. By 1981, the resort had risen to 19 stories, with well over 800 rooms, though its expansion had barely begun.
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