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In true Griswold spirit, each of has explored the city of Las Vegas in their own way and many choose to remember those explorations in their own unique way. Some have savored the memories through lost Vegas letters while others have stapled together a lifetime of fun (books).
Howard F. is the latest reader to share his Vegas collection. His began on his very first trip to Vegas back in 1975. Howard was underage at the time, but wise enough to know he would want to remember each of the hotels and casinos he visited.
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Vegas has always been one of those cities that has a little something for everyone. And, that goes for souvenirs, too. In fact, there might be more souvenir options in Las Vegas than in any other city in the world.
For some of us, including this writer, you get swept up in the purchase or collection of casino playing cards, keychains, mugs, magnents,
stripper cards or what have you. We go home and enjoy our spoils and are reminded of our wonderful Vegas vacation every time we see them. But, one visit to a special Vegas attraction, the Neon Museum, will result in a one-of-a-kind souvenir that will impress all of your friends and family.
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It's official. We've always enjoyed turning back the clock on Las Vegas through stories, books and videos, but Lost Vegas is our favorite series as it provides a chance to relive "the good ol' days" through the lenses of our doubly amazing readers.
VC fans have been filling our in-box with personal Lost Vegas photos and we've proudly been featuring them here. The latest to dust off his prints and show off his Sahara is Chazzy Gator. This shutterbug even captured the Casbar Theatre marquee. Fun fact: Who was the first person to get married at Caesars Palace? If you guessed a 20-year-old Charo (to 60-year-old bandleader Xavier Cugat in 1966), you're not only wicked smart but maybe spotted our tie-in. Feel free to leave David Brenner trivia in the comments below.
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VegasChatter readers continue to insure their amazing photos won't have the same fate as their subjects and fall between the cushions of Lost Vegas forever. And, we're finding out that some of you have no shame in showing off those Lost Vegas photos. Or just have no shame, at all.
Reader Jason G. sent in that classic Sahara shot above. We didn't ask but are going to go ahead and assume he was in the passenger seat while shooting. We also didn't get to ask if he went for the soda pop or beer. Soda pop! Nowadays, we have to head to Colorado for that stuff.
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What's quickly become one of our favorite series, Lost Vegas, is back for another round of PC pics. That's pre-CityCenter, yo. And, today brings the best kind of Lost Vegas contributor, a repeat LV offender! Last month, Patrick Peck sent in a pic
of pickled peppers looking south from Westward Ho. After becoming a VegasChatter celebrity, he dug back into the closet for more Vegas memories.
This set focuses on souvenirs collected from Patrick's first few trips here. Take a look and let us know if you recall collecting similar items and, of course, if you have the photos to prove it, send them to us!
VegasChatter readers are the best. We showed you ours and you quickly reciprocated by showing us yours. We dug out some classic photos from our Vegas shoebox, the kind that those fancy photo apps only hope to mimic via filter. And, you sent in awesome memories of your Vegas past. Sadly, the bikini pics have so far gone un-reciprocated. But, we'll keep checking.
Up top is VegasChatter friend and resident construction photog Greg Clarke standing guard near the Frontier circa 2007 as she was readied for implosion. Though, he looks determined, Greg C. left his post before the boom. This is Lost Vegas after all, not Lost Greg.
Growing up in Vegas, there's a lot of things this VegasChatter writer remembers.
I remember the Showboat, the Landmark, the Dunes. I remember the openings of Treasure Island, Monte Carlo, Luxor, Venetian, and Palms, to name a few. I remember watching as aging Vegas hotels were leveled to bring in the new. I remember missing the implosion of the Hacienda by thismuch because, for whatever reason, my crew and I chose to park at the Frontier and walk all the way down the Strip to view it. We were just approaching Tropicana and Las Vegas Boulevard when it went boom. All we saw was a cloud of dust. I could go on and on. Not one to be shy about proclaiming my age, it's safe to say that I've seen a lot of Vegas over my almost 40 years. (Next birthday coming up this May 30. Ahem.)
But, so much has happened to this town that even I tend to forget a few things. Time has a funny way of consuming our life and erasing it as well. So, when my mom started posting childhood photos featuring lost Vegas on Facebook (yes, my mom is on Facebook.. mostly due to Farmville.. srsly), I just knew I had to share this stroll down memory lane.
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.