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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.
VegasChatter reader Kevin D. sent us a link to his incredible collection of Vegas memorabilia that deserves special recognition. Some of the pieces include a Bellagio coin cup, a Vegas centennial Bud Light bottle, and a room service menu from the MGM Grand. There are so many cool items in this collection, we needed to highlight a few.
MGM Grand will mark its 20th anniversary this December and while many are more than familiar with the green giant as it stands now, do you remember what it was like back in the day? Let us take you back.
First, let's properly set the stage:
There are folks who say they know Vegas and then there are those who really know Vegas. Put your Vegas IQ to the test by telling us where you could once find this suite step-up-and-in soaking tub, complete with recessed chandelier lighting and a sexy time mirror. Yes, this guessing game requires a stroll through your memories of Vegas past. Think it over and put your best guess in the comments below. We'll share the answer on Monday.
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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."
The only constant in Vegas is change. We know it. We love it. Sometimes, we can hardly wait for it. However, we often regret it, too.
While Monte Carlo rips out its facade in the name of progress, it's also taking a bit of our hearts as well. Just read the comments left here and here. So, as we close out the week here on VegasChatter, we thought we'd share some images of the Monte Carlo that once was before the demolition. If you have photos you'd like to share, too, just drop us a line.
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(Photos courtesy Greg C.)
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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 also like to take time to look back at Vegas past. Today, we continue a special series on Vegas history. We hope you enjoy the stroll down memory lane.
Back in the summer of 2007, then MGM MIRAGE announced a partnership with Kerzner International to finally develop that barren plot of land across the street from what was still the Sahara. It was exciting news not just because something was finally being done with that acreage, but because hotelier Sol Kerzner was part of the venture. You may not know the name, but you probably know one of his more iconic resorts, Atlantis in the Bahamas. (And, now also in Dubai.)
At Sahara, it's hard to miss the gaping swatch cut through the building as work continues toward transforming it into the SLS Las Vegas. We've been keeping an eye on things, but we're not the only ones. Readers like Greg C. have been chronicling the changes earnestly.
The dramatic panoramic shown above is from the SLS' Facebook page, but Greg recently provided us with a before shot showing the roofline that once was.
Greg has also spied that the de-theming of Sahara's towers has begun. This is what the Tunis tower looked liked before recent changes:
This is it looks like now:
Notice the removal of the green shade structure and green-trimmed glass railing on the penthouse balconies. The windows that once rimmed the suite's walls are now gone, too. Also, some of the ornamental Moroccan-esque roofline is coming down while the entire roof of the building in the foreground has also vanished.
As we've previously reported, Sahara's iconic marquee and dome have already fell in the name of progress. In the photo gallery below, Greg documents the porte cochere's destruction, or as he calls it the incredible shrinking dome.
As we all know by now, Tony Hsieh has purchased the Gold Spike and, with very short notice to the employees, shut it down it down a week ago Sunday. This Chatter'er rarely criticizes Mr. Hsieh. He has done a great deal of good for the city in a short time. Hopefully, this move will turn out for the best as well.
For many, the Gold Spike will be remembered as a dead, little, run-down casino. It is the only one downtown with a Las Vegas Boulevard address. It opened in 1976 as the Rendezvous. Mostly unremarkable, it was sold to Las Vegas casino legend Jackie Gaughan in 1983. During the next two decades, it existed as a smoky casino with a spotty reputation. After a 2001 fire that had guests jumping from third floor windows, Gaughan sold the Spike again. It would change hands and formats a couple more times. From slot-filled grind joint to hopeful boutique hotel, the Gold Spike never could find its foothold.
It wasn't always known as the Gold Spike, but after 37 years of operation under one name or another the long-running, just off Fremont Street hotel-casino closed at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The Gold Spike's final weekend, from most accounts, an unremarkable one. A last hurrah attended not by hordes but a history lovin' few.
VegasChatter friend Danial Mente stopped by for one last toast on Saturday night and reported a "very quiet" atmosphere that was "very sad" and "depressing." Some of the photos he took are shared here on this page.
Danial relays that a waitress told him staff were given only three days notice and that they were losing their jobs. It had been previously reported by the Vegas press that both Gold Spike's outgoing and incoming owners were trying to find replacement positions for staff.