Saturday, July 20, 2019

E-307: The Heathers Room

Random Vegas
The 56 room Desert Rose Motel existed on the Las Vegas strip from 1953-1995.  Why do we care about a motel without a casino attached to it, because in 1995, it was razed to the ground to make way for the Monte Carlo, known today as Park MGM (Neon Museum) 

Twitpic of the week

Awe, I wanna stand on top of Luxor.  Sincerely, here is a blank check.  Write whatever number is required to allow me to have this experience.  Depending on the amount you write, you may or may not want to even bother attempting to cash that though.  Aside from the experience, here we get to see a time when properties would use a large real estate on vast parking lots.  Still fascinates me.  Thankfully they’ve learned to better utilize their space and abandon the mall parking lot concept.  Some better than others.  Once again shared by @summacorp, photo by Galen Rowell, captures a moment in time more valuable than 95% of every picture any of us have ever taken.

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Saturday, July 13, 2019

E-306: Cream of Nut Spread

Random Vegas

The Golden Nugget opened on Fremont St in 1946.  The signage best known for its appearance in the James Bond film Diamonds are Forever as well as the signage on display when Steve Wynn initially took over the property in 1973, featured a glittering nugget of gold with the date 1905 above it.  That date is the year the city of Las Vegas was born.  Specifically, May 15th, 190, coincidentally, the same date as my birthday.  (Neon Museum) 

Twitpic of the week

Look at those cars.  Look at those colors.  @TonyIllia’s picture this week seems to capture downtown Las Vegas like a fuckin oil painting, exaggerating the reality of the time.  But it isn’t an exaggeration.  This is a fuckin picture, simply capturing the awe-inspiring site that was downtown Las Vegas in the late 1950s.  I find it apropos that this photo was shared at this time while we continue work on our next large scale 360 Vintage Vegas project, the evolution of Fremont St. Not only that, it features the Nevada Club, the one first casinos on Fremont to absorb its next-door neighbor so it could expand its footprint, merging 113 and 117 Fremont St.