Saturday, July 26, 2014
Sin City. Glitter Gulch. Sparkle Town. San Gamblino. Twinkleburg. These are just some of the nicknames for Las Vegas. Except for three of them that I just made up.
Let's take a time machine back to 1963 and see what's cooking on Fremont Street! Hint: it involves neon and blinky lights.
Somehow I have accumulated quite a few night shots of the Fremont Street casinos. Check out Binion's Horseshoe Hotel and Casino! Our photographer carefully waited until all of the sequential lights were fully lit, which is mighty neighborly of him. Unlike other casinos that lured guests with singers and comics, the Horseshoe was all about games of chance. Its luck ran out when it closed in December of 2009.
Vegas Vic says, "Howdy Podner!" (every 15 minutes) as he urges you to lose your money at the Pioneer Club. The 40 foot-tall neon cowboy can still be seen today, restored and part of the "Fremont Experience") - though his arm no longer moves and he no longer speaks.
The Mint had one of the more spectacular displays of neon signage, and that's saying something. Look at that impressive wall of red, with the name of the casino marked out in twinkling lights! The Mint is infamous for being the place where Hunter S. Thompson stayed (for one night) in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas". In the 1980's it was sold to Binion's and became part of the Horseshoe (seen in photo #1) which, as I mentioned earlier, closed in 2009.
Stay tuned for more night photos of Las Vegas!