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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!
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In part one, we explored how lenient divorce laws helped put Reno on the map. Legalized gambling and a surfeit of live entertainment options allowed Reno to become a top vacation destination during the ‘40s and into the ‘50s. Much like Las Vegas today, the city even found itself the subject of a number of films. Features like Maisie Goes to Reno and Vacation in Reno presented the town in a much more favorable light than more recent titles like Reno 911! Reno was booming, and its growth seemed to have no limits. Few would have guessed that 400 miles to the south, a stretch of empty desert would begin to chip away at everything that had made Reno the success it was.
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.
Another day, another piece of The Strip that's slid from the present to Vegas past.
Tuesday morning, New York-New York began dismantling its Broadway-esque marquee which has used good ol' neon flash to beckon passersby inside since the hotel first opened in 1997.
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.
And, no matter your Vegas know-how, we want to hear from you. If you have something you'd like to share about Vegas, from a must-know survival strategy to just a plain ol' Vegas rant, here's how to fill us in:
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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."