LAS VEGAS (AP) — After 67 years, Tropicana Las Vegas, the Strip's third-oldest casino, will close at noon Tuesday.

Demolition is slated for October to make room for a $1.5 billion Major League Baseball stadium.

“It’s time. It’s ran its course,” said Charlie Granado, a bartender at Tropicana for 38 years. “It makes me sad but on the other hand, it’s a happy ending.”

When Tropicana opened in 1957, it was surrounded by vast desert. Photographs from that period show the resort at its height, when it frequently hosted A-list stars, including, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Mel Torme and Debbie Reynolds. Gladys Knight and Wayne Newton have held residencies there.

As Las Vegas evolved, Tropicana underwent major change. Two hotel towers were added in later years. In 1979, a $1 million green-and-amber stained glass ceiling was installed above the casino floor.

Barbara Boggess was 26 in 1978 when she started working at Tropicana as a linen room attendant.

“The Tropicana was pretty much sitting here all by itself,” Boggess said. “It was desert all around. It used to take me 10 minutes to get to work. Now, it takes an hour.”

Boggess, now 72, has seen Tropicana through many iterations. There was the 1980s rebrand as “The Island of Las Vegas” and a South Beach-themed renovation completed in 2011.

Behind the scenes of the casino’s opening, Tropicana had ties to organized crime, largely through reputed mobster Frank Costello. Weeks after the grand opening, Costello was shot in New York. Police found in his coat pocket a slip of paper with Tropicana’s earnings figure. The note also mentioned “money to be skimmed” for Costello’s associates.

But the hotel-casino also had years of mob-free success. It was home to the city's longest running show, “Folies Bergere.”

Today, the site at the south end of Las Vegas Strip intersects with a major thoroughfare named for Tropicana. It is surrounded by towering mega-resorts. Only the low-rise hotel room wings remain of the original structure.

Yet the casino still conjures nostalgia.

“It does give an old Vegas vibe," said JT Seumala, a Las Vegas resident who visited the casino in March. "When you first walk in, you see the stained glass and the low ceilings. It does feel like you step back in time for a moment.”

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