The Famous Streets of Las Vegas: Wayne Newton Blvd and Beyond!September 20, 2016
Set aside near our Aramus Arabians Stables is an interesting sight: a Wayne Newton Blvd sign! Funny thing, though, is that the actual street named after “Mr. Las Vegas” is located a few miles to the west of Casa de Shenandoah. If you flew into town, you traveled along the real “Wayne Newton Blvd.” It’s the looping road that takes people from McCarran International Airport’s Terminal 1 toward famous Paradise Road.
It’s definitely an honor to have one’s name used for a permanent part of this radiant city’s infrastructure. Even more, Wayne is in the very best company when it comes to other named streets. As entertainment made Las Vegas the world famous destination it is today, there’s no surprise that a number of its thoroughfares bear the monikers of music and Hollywood luminaries. Here’s a brief “road trip” around town.
Of course, we have to start with the Chairman of the Board, Mr. Frank Sinatra. His namesake drive runs north and south following the Strip from vintage Bali Hai Golf Club past Mandalay Bay all the way to the Mirage. On the other side of I-15, Ol’ Blue Eye’s pal, Dean Martin, has his own drive, too. It’s a great stretch of pavement for singing along to “Volare.” And Sinatra and Martin’s mutual buddy, the great Sammy Davis, Jr., has his own drive, too, which intersects with the two prior roads. It’s located north of Fashion Show.
There’s another trio of streets from the swingin’ big band days of Vegas to complement the Rat Pack collection above. Consummate artist and one time U.S. cultural ambassador, Duke Ellington, has his own “Way” just south of the MGM Grand and east of the Tropicana. Mel “The Velvet Fog” Tormé has a smooth stretch of asphalt that links Treasure Island, the Mirage and Fashion Show just west of the Strip. And “The Schnozzola” is commemorated by his stretch of road, Jimmy Durante Boulevard, just east of Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall.
Of course, rock and roll is represented in Las Vegas’ urban grid. Musical pioneer Buddy Holly holds “Court” in a North Las Vegas neighborhood near Santa Fe Station. Nearby you’ll find Del Shannon Street and Checker Way (for the singers of “Runaway” and “Blueberry Hill,” respectively). And, of course, Beatles can be found on Google Maps, with McCartney Court in Henderson sharing a gated community with Yesterday Drive, Hearts Club Drive and Magical Mystery Lane.
There are numerous other streets named after iconic performers across the Las Vegas Valley, from Houdini Street to Annie Oakley Drive and Marilyn Monroe Avenue and Cary Grant Court. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for notable names as you go sightseeing the Entertainment Capital of the World after enjoying a morning or afternoon tour with us!