Our tour of Las Vegas in 1999 continues down the Las Vegas Strip past Spring Mt. Road. This portian of the Strip has seen the biggest changes over the last 10 years. Right on this corner, the construction of the Palazzo, and a complete remodel of the Fashion Show Mall. New resorts sprang up Wynn, and Encore, and some removed and imploded. The following hotels were imploded between 1999-2010 The Desert Inn, Frontier, Stardust, and El Rancho.
Some of this change has not all been good. The Fontainebleau 85% complete went bankrupt and sits empty and partially complete. Where the Stardust stood, is the partially built Echelon Place, rusting away in the desert and the Sahara Hotel just recently closed (2011). On the upside, new non-gaming condos sprang up near the Riviera Hotel area and Donald Trump finally got a Hotel/Condo in Vegas but not a coveted gambling establishment.
The Desert Inn
The Riviera Hotel & the West Ward Ho, Note: This is a tribute to the Crazy Girls Show ad campaign that was featured on billboards and taxis around Las Vegas, forever immortalized in bronze. (NO “IFs” “Ands” OR…)
The Riviera Hotel across the street from Circus Circus.
This was the original Thunder Bird Hotel, was renamed to the Silverbird then to the El Rancho (imploded in 2000). Across the street the original El Rancho, the very first hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip, opened on April 3, 1941 it was later destroyed by fire in 1960.
This spot was the where the original El Ranch Hotel & Casino stood. the only thing left here is a few trees- and this photo was taken 40 years after the fire burn it to the ground. The Sahara Hotel, Stratosphere Tower and Wet ‘n Wild stands in the background.
Up the street, heading north is the base of the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino, once own by a character named Bob Stupak who build the first hotel there called Vegas World.