Skyline Through The Years

Serving Las Vegas and Henderson for more than 60 years…

In 1952, Rolly and Ella Cook purchased the Dixie Bar that sits in the same spot as what is now the Skyline Hotel & Casino. The Dixie Bar was a unique, special family place where neighbors gathered to enjoy the friendly atmosphere and eat the Dixie Bar’s famous ham sandwiches.  
The Cook’s service at the bar and numerous successful charitable efforts gained them recognition in the community which eventually led to Rolly Street being named after them, less than half a mile up Boulder HighwayJohn Ligouiri bought the Dixie Bar when the Cooks retired in 1960. He renamed it Ligouiri’s and kept the ham sandwiches flowing. In 1964, John Ligouiri and Joseph Antonio built the Skyline Casino to replace the Dixie Bar. They opened with three 21 tables, one craps table, 30 slot machines, and two poker tables.
The Skyline was closed in 1965 when Ligouri went back to DesMoines. He returned to Henderson in 1969 and re-opened the Skyline with partners Frank Kish and Gene Munari. By 1975, Frank’s son, John C. Kish, bought the business from Ligouri and became sole owner. Mr. Kish made multiple expansions throughout his tenure, including a new state-of-the-art kitchen, brand-new dining room, a new entertainment lounge, and the bar was expanded. He also added to what was then the Sky Motel.
In 2003, John Kish sold the Skyline Casino to Jim Marsh, an established Southern Nevada entrepreneur who pledged to rehire all 275 employees, make minor cosmetic improvements, and keep the same local casino operation under the management of both John Kish and Jim Marsh. The Skyline Casino has maintained a reputation of giving back to the community, supporting organizations such as the Henderson Boys and Girls Club and the Down Syndrome Organization for Southern Nevada.

In 2013, the Skyline celebrated its tenth-year anniversary under Jim Marsh Ownership. As Mayor Andy Hafen states in the Skyline Tenth Anniversary Day Proclamation, 

“The Skyline Casino is known for its reasonably-priced, quality food, liberal slot machines and ‘old Vegas’ personality that keeps customers feeling welcomed and appreciated!”