The Hard Rock Cafe sign, previously located on the corner of Harmon and Paradise Road, is actually a replica of the Who guitarist Pete Townsend's number 9 Gibson (News3lv.com)
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It looks like a picture you would come across when flipping through an old photo album at your grandparents wake. A picture with an oddly familiar feeling to it, despite being certain you've never visited this place before. @summacorp's black and white photo of north strip, circa 1966, showcases a quant version of the city growing into itself after 2 decades of aggressive expansion that saw 16 new properties open on the strip, bookended by the Flamingo in 46 and Caesars Palace in 66. After this moment in time, the city would take a step back and allow itself to mature its existing portfolio, not seeing a new addition to the skyline until Circus Circus in 72. The wake metaphor becomes more apropos when you consider none of what you are seeing in this picture exists today. In fact, minus the two Sahara towers shown here, which are still in use by SLS today, none of these buildings even exist. If you attempted to replicate this photo today, even those would be gone, obstructed by a giant unfinished blue building surrounded by a parking lot and a lot of undeveloped land. In other words, it's virtually unrecognizable.
The Thunderbird is a property I've never paid much attention to, for no particular reason. I wasn't offended by it's Native American theme, that's not really my style. That being said, I will say the theme was about as interesting to me as the cowboy motif at the El Rancho or the Last Frontier. Being a child of technology, harkening back to a day when it didn't have anything isn't my idea of a vacation, it sounds like torture. One of the most fascinating things about Las Vegas is its unique ability to take things I normally wouldn't find interesting and make them appealing. The Thunderbird might be the perfect example of that phenomenon.
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In 1964, the Thunderbird introduced the new electronic slot machine, the first slot machine that didn't require you to pull on the lever to initiate the game
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Photography is a medium that has allowed mankind to capture the evolution of time unlike any form of documentation in history. Writing is a medium that has a bias slant to it no matter how hard an author tries to remove any personal feelings on the matter. Painting and sculpture are, by definition, an artist's interpretation of the subject matter. But photography simply captures a moment in time and preserves it, allowing each observer to develop their own opinion. This observer's opinion of this week's winner, brought to you by @TonyIllia, is Las Vegas is the greatest city in the recorded history of mankind. Every major city evolves over time but none as radically as the Las Vegas Strip. Look at this fuckin picture. I don't even know this place. Normally you can at least see a shadow of the modern cityscape in a photo from its past, but this version of north strip is unrecognizable. It's almost easier to convince someone that this is a completely different place than you can that this is the Las Vegas strip of the 70s & 80s. But it is; and thanks to photography, we have proof.
The Thunderbird had an entertainment slogan, "You saw it first at the Thunderbird", priding itself on their ability to attract big name talent to perform at their property before anywhere else.
One night, during a dinner show that involved a horse, in the middle of the production, the horse decided it needed to...relieve itself, right on the stage, at a time when showrooms were also dining rooms and tables were located so close to the stage, they touched it. The stage lights were quickly dimmed and the resident MC distracted the audience while the mess was cleaned up. Once the show was ready to resume, attempting to make light of the situation, the announcer said "Remember everyone, you saw it first at the Thunderbird". The crowd responded with thunderous laughter and the slogan became infamous
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The longer I do the Twitpic of the week the more I get to stumble across pictures like this. Pictures I logistically knew existed but hadn't had the opportunity to enjoy until that one fatefully day when @TonyIllia shares it and the history twitch in me starts to tingle. Good god, look at all the awesome in this picture. First, the fucking Flamingo Capri! There just aren't enough pictures of the structure that started as an affiliate property to her namesake before evolving into its only thing, best known as Imperial Palace. Just behind it, the Holiday Casino Riverboat, a concept originally approved to be built in between the Flamingo Capri and the Flamingo. But possibly my favorite part of this picture is the trick your eye plays on you when you look at it. Like an optical illusion, what your mind knows and what it's actually seeing conflict with one another. The Flamingo and it's multiple high rise towers have existed for so long that, at first, this picture appears to be documenting a time when the property only had one of its 4 hotel towers. Then you remember, Flamingo's first hotel tower didn't face east and west, it was north and south, and located right off the strip. Once your eyes re-adjust, what you'll realize is that tower isn't attached to the Flamingo at all. It belongs to the Holiday Inn. Then it hits you; the Flamingo was a low-rise property for over 30 years. This picture is documenting the final remaining years when the Flamingo would look anything like its original concept. For the record, that means the picture was taken before 1976. Soon it will begin its necessary evolution to prevent obsolesces. The feather plum signage will be gone and the cascading feather goblet it's famous for today will be introduced. The porte cochere will be relocated off of Las Vegas BLVD and the casino will be expanded up to the street. In other words, it's about to become the Flamingo you know it as.
Feb 19th, 2010, Harrah's entertainment assume ownership of Planet Hollywood (@historynevada)
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It's views like this that could talk me into manual labor. Welcome to a time before Vegas could dunk; when signs stood taller than buildings. Look at this view. It looks like the set of the movie, American Graffiti 2: Vegas edition. Is that fuckin' plywood holding up the corner sign of the Mint. And where the hell is Vegas Vic? There was a time before Vegas Vic!? That means this picture is pre-1951. But wait, the Mint didn't open until 1957 so again, I ask, where the hell is Vegas Vic. Is it possible he's hidden behind the Mint marquee? I don't care. Twitpic of the week, @summacorp.
A Las Vegas hotel housekeeper cleans an average of just 16 rooms in a typical eight-hour shift. Vegas is currently home to 11 of the top 20 largest hotels in the world, each housing a minimum of 3,000 rooms and up to 7,100. Doing the math, if you wanted to clean all those rooms in an 8-hour shift, it would take the 20th largest hotel in the world to accommodate that number of employees overnight. The numbers...
Moon Palace Golf & Spa in Cancun Mexico is the 20th largest hotel in the world with 3,407 rooms
It would take 3,352 individuals to clean the 53,352 rooms housed in the 11 hotels Vegas has in the top 20 largest in the world in an 8 hour shift
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I've never really been a fan of Vegas Vic. He seems like the kind of sign that would nonchalantly rattle of racial slurs after you get a few drinks in him, half expecting those around him totally agree, then getting hostile when he realizes he's all alone in his outdated world view. And what's with the original "this guy" mechanics? Who's tall and outlined in Neon, this guy. Who was smoking E-cigs before everyone else, this guy. Okay, we get it. Being signage on Fremont St is awesome. You don't have to be a dick about it. I like to image that he's the complete opposite and fabulous. Like Bruce from Family Guy. "How ya'll doing? Welcome to Fremont St. Come on down, everyone is invited. Despite it being 1958 in this picture, shared by @TonyIllia, we have none of the stereotypical judgments here. Oooo, look at how sparkly and glowy we are down here, even in black and white. Happy to see you got a great view to check us all out. Hope ya'll have a lots of fun but remember, don't spend all your money. Some of that has to go to pay your bills." Even though I know that was an impression of an over exaggerated gay character on a cartoon, I'm gonna go ahead and stop right here and just sit with what I've done. Reflect on who I think I am.
The original plans for the Dunes Oasis Casino was a see though glass pyramid. The finished plan was a round building with tinted glass that made it disappear at night and extenuate its neon signage.
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Another example of circumstantial magic only available in Las Vegas, the moment I saw @cosmo1261mark's picture, I knew it was Twitpic of the week. While typically it would have been in the running for the accolade in last weeks show, last week's winner was already chosen and had its monolog written before this picture was discovered. So according to the rules I've made up around this whole process, that meant it couldn't be considered for the honor until this week. So, yea for loopholes! @cosmo1261mark's picture captures a moment in Vegas I have to imagine everyone who loves the city enough to enjoy this podcast has experienced...magic hour. That moment when the exterior lights of the casino compete for attention with the sun while it fades in the distance. But much more than that, it's a reality check. When you accidently step outside of the haze of Vegas glory to realize things are happening out in the real world not nearly is amazing as what you are currently doing. Remembering that there are people, all around the world, who are suffering...because they currently aren't you, in Las Vegas, seeing views like this.
Uber and Lyft drivers logged 11,465 pick-ups at McCarran International on Monday, setting a single-day record that was largely driven by conventioneers headed to CES (Consumer Electronics Show). The previous record of 10,413 was set during 2017s CES (RJ)
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Loving Las Vegas is like being in the Matrix and knowing it. When I look at this week's winner, brought to you by @ParisVegas, I feel almost nothing. I know it's beautiful, I acknowledge that. I know its a great representation of an "Only In Vegas" experience and I know I love it; but after more than a decade of exposure, the awe factor has reduced itself to a matter of fact. Maybe that's not a bad thing. Anyone fortunate enough to have successfully found a life partner can tell you, that passionate fire that was ignited when you found one another fades with time, reduced to a steady, warm glow that takes work and vigilance to keep burning. Even though this picture doesn't elicit the same feelings it did when I first saw it doesn't mean my affinity for it has reduced in anyway. On the contrary, it has transcended the fleeting passion that time eventually ravages and replaced it with an everlasting adoration, an extension of ones self so a part of you that its difficult to remember what life was like before it was discovered and you realized prior to that moment, you were incomplete.
The 1st Elvis impersonator to perform a resident show in Vegas before Elvis died appeared at the Dunes from 1976-78. It was called "For the Love of Elvis" and featured Johnny “Elvis” Foster. Fun fact, owner of the Dunes, Morris Shekner, was Johnny's Godfather
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Pretty certain this is a staged publicity shot but I don't care, it evoked a monolog so its winning "Twitpic of the week". Without showing an inch of neon, a single casino or any generally recognized Vegas landmark, @Cosmopolitan_LV's picture was able to capture an instantly recognizable, uniquely Vegas moment to anyone who frequents or proclaims love for the city. A view that simultaneously exudes sex without being blatant and opportunity beyond gambling; okay that last part sounds sinister but when you remove the rape connotations, you know what I mean. Even though one of the ladies featured in this picture looks like she might be receiving some help to secret sustenance the overwhelming feeling I get from this picture is most commonly known as the time of your life. 3 ladies who take care of themselves, showing off the fruits of their labor in a tasteful yet alluring way, all while enjoying themselves, each others company and doing exactly what they want to do at that moment in a city where virtually anything can happen, including things that will come to be the highlights of ones existence. News
Architecture, if done well, is much more than just the designing of a building; its creating a durable structure that is not only functional but beautiful. Every building is designed by an architect however it takes vision and skill to transcend the steel, concrete and glass jungles of major metropolitan cities to create things that stands out in someone’s mind, and in some cases in history, as exceptional representations of the craft, inspiring future generations to take architecture to the next level; to continue to evolve with science and create something timeless. While the best to ever live are often unknown to the public at large, their creations are known around the world and live on for decades and in some cases centuries after they are gone.
While he had a hand in designing Binion’s Horseshoe, the Fremont is the only remaining resort Wayne McAllister was responsible for in Las Vegas. Nevertheless, his legacy far transcends the buildings he created. While most people have no idea who he is, Wayne’s work and influence on Las Vegas is unmistakable and timeless. The Vegas vibe and all things cool about it can be related back to or somehow influenced by him, like a game of 6 degrees of Wayne McAllister. So the next time you find yourself starting to tingle from the special Vegas euphoria, remember who invented that feeling, think of your favorite marquee and throw the dice.
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