R.I.P. Stardust (1958-2006)

The Stardust closed today.

LAS VEGAS — The Stardust, the neon-wrapped casino with a mobbed-up past whose 1,065 rooms once set the standard for size on the Las Vegas Strip, witnessed its last roll of the dice Wednesday.

Wistful longtime employees and loyal gamblers gathered for a last farewell to the iconic 48-year-old institution, which is to be razed early next year to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.’s planned $4 billion Echelon Place resort.

The Stardust opened July 2, 1958, as the world’s largest hotel and catered to middle America with $6-a-night rooms and low-minimum stakes gambling.