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It was 20 years ago today that The Dunes left the Vegas skyline in a fiery implosion, as recorded above by VegasChatter friend Greg C. The hotel-casino first came upon the Vegas scene back in May 1955. As Wikipedia details, the Dunes had a wiseguy past, closing at one time and seemingly almost always on rocky financial ground.
We love taking time to reminisce about Vegas Past so you know we geeked out when these two images found their way to our inbox. Look at that starry wallpaper, that scalloped valance and check out that hallway of the painted plants. They don't make 'em like they used to, do they?
After you take a moment to take it all in, we want to know -- where was this? Show off your knowledge of Lost Vegas by naming the hotel below. Bonus points if you can get even more detailed then that!
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Not only is it an easy escape into lost Vegas, now it's also a convenient way to immerse ourselves in Vegas history as well. Starting next week, the Neon Museum will launch a new educational series entitled, "Times of the Signs."
While checking out the transformation of Terrible's to the Silver Sevens, we happened to notice that something looked different over at the burnt-out shell of the former Key Largo just down the street. Something was missing. Like the entire Key Largo casino.
Grass. Slides. Diving boards. Rafts. Inner tubes. Vegas pools of today may think they're all that, but they ain't got nothing on the pool scenes of yesteryear.
The Las Vegas News Bureau recently released file footage reminding us how lost Vegas really made fun in the sun, well, fun. No DJ required. Check out this video compilation showing Vegas pool life spanning the 40s to the 60s.
We love Las Vegas and part of that is loving Las Vegas’ history. So, while we enjoy telling you what we love about Vegas and keeping you up-to-date on what's going on, we would like to take some time to look back at Vegas past. Today, we continue a special series on shuttered (but not forgotten) Las Vegas hotels and casinos. We hope you enjoy the stroll down memory lane.
Last week, the Key Largo Casino on Flamingo caught fire and burned almost to the ground. Since then, the fire Clark County has ordered that the remainder of the casino be demolished by the end of April. Key Largo is probably best known for being the abandoned casino across the street from the Hard Rock (and Terrible's). The casino was built in 1972 and closed in 2005.
Las Vegas likes to blow up its past. But, a century old remnant of the original Downtown Vegas may get a second life. And, free up some potentially valuable real estate.
A bold proposal would move the entire two-story, 113-year-old Victory Hotel and drop it three miles away at the Springs Preserve to create an authentic recreation of pre-gambling, turn of the century, Nevada city life. So simple, you wonder why nobody thought of it earlier.
And, just like that, another piece of Vegas has slipped into history.
The good news is that a piece of the Sahara will always live on in downtown's Neon Boneyard where this sign can already be found:
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SBE, the nightlife-hospitality company that bought Sahara (and then, hiccup, closed it down), reports that it (finally) has the money it needs to transform the historic, aging property into the shiny and new SLS Las Vegas. And, that construction begins now. Just when we were beginning to wonder what up with that.
The SLS Vegas is expected to open in the fall of next year after a $415 million makeover. We're still having a hard time believing that timeline, though. When it does make its debut, it will offer 1,600 Philippe Starck-designed guest rooms; all Fred Segal, all the time retail shopping; four nightlife venues include a new version of SBE's original Shelter nightclub and a Sayers Club; and dining options that will include Hollywood hotspot The Griddle Cafe, The Bazaar by José Andrés, Katsuya by Starck and a Umami Burger, a chain of Cali burger joints.
We're not going to lie. We thought Dive was totes exciting (or, we guess, we should say da bomb) when it surfaced on The Strip back in 1995, anchoring itself to the Fashion Show Mall.
The submarine-themed restaurant was the creation of movie magic man Steven Spielberg, but fellow entertainment whiz Jeffrey Katzenberg and even casino mogul Steve Wynn were on board as partners. The plan was world domination with Orlando, San Fran and New York all mentioned as future locations and a spot already established in LA. The Orlando Sentinel once reported that the Vegas eatery saw 3,000 customers a day, and had "a 1 1/2 hour waiting line for lunch."
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We need to be convinced this is a good idea.
Five neon signs are moving away from Fremont Street to a traffic median on Las Vegas Boulevard. The Red Barn, Nevada Motel, Flame Steakhouse, Wedding Information and Dot's Flowers neon structures, floor mounted on the pedestrian section of Third Street between Fremont and Ogden, are being transplanted. This group was part of the Neon Signs on Sticks preservation project. They'll end up on a median on Las Vegas Boulevard between Fremont and Charleston. We don't yet know the exact location. But, we bet int the future, you'll only notice them from a car, or riding the Deuce.
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Binion's checked out of the downtown hotel game back in 2009, but last Friday, it posted photos of what its old rooms look like now on Facebook.
The accommodations reflect a lost Vegas decor that was clearly meant as a homage to
grandma Laura Ashley. Check out the rose-colored carpeting. The floral wallpaper border. The floral prints. The floral drapes. The floral sheers. Yes, at one time, everything was coming up roses for Binion's.
We posted a query about plans for the remodeled rooms (hey, we're nothing if not dogged) and were told there were no plans for that "as of yet." But, in response to another fan's question, Binion's did have this to add: