Almost 40 years after his death on 16th August 1977 at age 42, Elvis Presley is finally getting a street named after him in the city synonymous with this name. Clark County Commissioners have confirmed that following the upcoming implosion of the Riviera hotel-casino, Riviera Boulevard will be renamed Elvis Presley Way.
It will start at Las Vegas Boulevard, cross Paradise Road and loop through the valet area of the Westgate, where Elvis launched his comeback in 1969 at what was then The International. The name was later changed to the Las Vegas Hilton and in 2014 to the Westgate.
Naming a street in Presley’s honor is long overdue. “The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll” had an eight-year run of sellouts in the 1,150-seat main auditorium. For years his official record of sell-out shows from July 1969 to December 1976 was listed as 837 but the number was revised to 636 last year.
Prior to the new street opening it appears that the only two ‘Elvis’ streets were Elvis Presley Court near Jones Boulevard and Grand Teton Drive and Elvis Alive Drive off state Route 157 near U.S. Highway 95. Unless, that is, you know better!