Bulldozed and Imploded, But Not Forgotten
This summer, the Clark County Museum is running an exhibition called "Lost Vegas: Bulldozed & Imploded Casinos of the Las Vegas Valley". Running through August 26, the exhibit will take a look at the history of Las Vegas hotel and casino properties that have been totally annihilated:
Las Vegas is a city built on change. Hotel/Casinos that were once new and trendy became old and outdated. Rather than refresh them and highlight the good aspects, many owners decided renew their image with demolitions or implosions. Downtown casinos seemed more likely to renovate or incorporate older structures into new ones. The names have changed on many, but these buildings have remained. Not so for the ‘Strip’. Even some of the iconic properties that everyone imagined would be here forever, are gone.
The Lost Vegas exhibit is a good excuse to head off The Strip (it's about a 30 minute drive away) and learn a little bit at the same time. The photo above was taken from the Vintage Vegas stream on Flickr which features a ton of great Vegas photos from yesteryear. Check it out if you want to see a lot of changes in Las Vegas over the past 50 years.
The Clark County Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. General admission is $1 for seniors aged 55 and older, and youth aged 3 to 17. Adult admission is $2.
[Photo: Vintage Vegas on Flickr]