On this date: July 3, 2011. Well…, that is how most of the posts start out. But, it has been 5 years since the LasVegas360.com’s original web site – (started in 1999) was converted to a blog format from a basic set of static web pages.
The original web site was just a series of 360 degree panoramic photos of the Las Vegas Strip, Downtown and Red Rock Canyon. There were thousands of photos taken with a small digital camera and stitched together to build all the panoramics. The original photo shoot was a big expedition that took place back in 1999. On foot, the journey started at the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, (still surrounded by desert) all the way to the Stratosphere. You can see long gone sites like the Onmimax, Imperial Palace, and Wet-n-Wild. Now this collection of photos needed a home, so they where dumped onto the newly created LasVegas360.com website. With hundreds of static pages to maintain it became difficult to maintain and they sat there for years not doing too much. Along came a piece of software called WordPress, a long weekend, hours of configuration and uploading the LasVegas360 blog sprung to life.
Nowadays, the site basically composed of posts made up of historical events, photos, and things to do around the Las Vegas area. If you are a history buff ,take a look at the History section. There is the Daily Neon, which is a photo collection of today’s and yesterday’s past neon signs. It is hard to believe in just 5 years how may of the old Vegas neon signs are gone. Off the Beaten Path is a section is dedicated to things out of the Las Vegas Area: Hiking, ghost towns and things of interest. Regardless, if you have never been to Las Vegas or you are a local, hopefully there is something you like on this site.
Over the last 5 years, there has been 480 posts, half a million visitors, and thousands of photographs added. LasVegas360.com, is just a small hobby and does not get the love that it deserves. I hope you find it to your liking and “Thank You” to everyone who has visited.