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On This Date: July 25, 2015 Fire at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas

July 25, 2017
Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Fire July 25, 2015

On July 25, 2015, a fire erupted on the 14th floor pool deck of the Cosmopolitan Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. The fire was reported approximately 12:15pm and was extinguished in about 30 minutes.

The fire torched artificial trees and cabanas at the Bamboo Pool on the west side of the hotel, but made little impact inside the building. Large plumes of thick black smoke ccould be seen from all parts of the valley.  All 3000 guests where evacuated from the hotel. Two people were treated for smoke inhalation. One of those patients , one was transported to the hospital.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas Fire July 25, 2015

Inspectors were not able to find conclusive evidence of what caused the fire at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas pool on that day in July, but evidence points to cigarette butts dropped, perhaps, from one of the balconies above the pool area.

The fire resulted in damage, a couple of minor injuries, but no deaths. Estimation of damages was $2 million dollars.

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On This Date: July 16, 2007 The New Frontier Hotel & Casino Closed

July 16, 2017
The New Frontier was a hotel and casino

The New Frontier Hotel and Casino Closed in July 16, 2007

The New Frontier Hotel & Casino was the second resort that opened on the Las Vegas Strip and operated continuously from October 30, 1942 until it closed its doors for good at 12:00 A.M. on July 16, 2007.

The resort had the distinction of hosting Elvis Presley’s first Vegas appearance in 1956, and the final performance of Diana Ross and The Supremes on January 14, 1970.

The building was demolished on November 13, 2007. In 2007, A new hotel casino, tentatively titled the Las Vegas Plaza, was proposed to be built in its place but those plan were scuttled in 2011.

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On This Date July 13, 1974 Bob Stupak Opens Vegas World

July 13, 2017
Bob Stupak's Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Bob Stupak’s Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Vegas World was a casino/hotel opened in 1979 on Las Vegas Boulevard owned and operated by Bob Stupak. It was also signed as Bob Stupak’s Vegas World.

Stupak bought the land on which he would eventually build Vegas World with money he raised himself and from his father’s friends. On March 31, 1974, he built a small slot joint called Bob Stupak’s World Famous Historic Gambling Museum. Although, on May 21, the place burned down when an air conditioner caught fire.

After the fire he managed to persuade Valley Bank to lend him more than $1 million to complete what would be known as Vegas World. Vegas World opened on Friday, July 13, 1979 with 102 rooms, with the motto “The Sky’s The Limit”. Bob Stupak developed weird and original rules for traditional games, like double exposure  21, where the dealer would deal both of his card face up. Another of his successful promotions was his direct-mail coupons offering value packages, and his ad were often seen in the back pages of magazines like the National Enquirer.

At its peak, Vegas World made $100 million a year in gambling revenues.

Vegas World is remembered by some as one of Vegas’s most unusual and quirky casinos. Vegas World closed on February 1, 1995, in order to make room for its successor, the Stratosphere, Stupak’s dream project. Stupak died in September 2009.

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The Best Bet-and-Buffet Spots in Vegas!

July 12, 2017

The Best Bet-and-Buffet Spots in Vegas!

Get your belly as well as your pockets full next time you hit the Las Vegas Strip at some of the best restaurants in the country. With diverse buffet spreads including local and foreign delicacies make sure you enjoy the following acclaimed all you can eat joints in the city!

Feast at the Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon

Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon

Cosmopolitan’s Wicked Spoon

The Wicked Spoon is home to one of the most incredible buffet spreads in the city, where you can find anything from Korean style squid to Coulotte steaks. They take the concept of cafeteria style buffets and elevate it to a classier level.

The décor makes the restaurant just as lavish the casino floor, and the prices depending on the time of day are reasonable. For between $28 and $49 you can eat as much gourmet steaks as you want. If you’re gambling just for fun and want to get a little festive, for an extra $15 you can have bottomless drinks, and that includes beer, mimosas, wine and more.

The Glorious Bacchanal at Caesars Palace

Bacchanal Buffet

Bacchanal at Caesars Palace

Unlike the Wicked Spoon’s bizarre menu that happens to include delicacies like dormice dating back to Ancient Rome, the Bacchanal’s menu does offer a staggering 500 mouthwatering dishes ranging across many niches both global and regional. From Atlantic and Pacific oysters to exquisite Chinese food, there’s little missing from their extravagant range of options.

Dubbed by Thrillist as “the standard against which all Las Vegas buffets are judged”, for between $40 and $60 you can book yourself a table. Once again for $15 you can get yourself bottomless drinks (excluding hard liquors), but depending on whether you plan on hitting the tables later or not that may not be the best idea.

Bellagio’s Extravagant Buffet

Bellagio’s Extravagant Buffet

Bellagio’s Buffet

The Bellagio in another one of the most famous casinos in Vegas that is also known for its award-winning buffet table. In addition to exquisite takes on home cooking, you can fill your plate with crab, oysters, lamb chops, dim sum or any of the 15 chef specialties that are made fresh every single day.

While the restaurant is usually packed, as the Bellagio is one of the hottest gambling spots in Vegas, single diners and couples have the option to skip the long line if there are any free seats at the bar. While it may not be idea, it is well worth a chance to get a taste of the multitude of dishes available. It is, however, a little on the pricier side ranging for about $40 to $58 per person.

The Magical Buffet at Wynn’s Fairy Tale Restaurant

Wynn Casino’s buffet

Wynn’s Casino Buffet

The lavish dining experience offered at Wynn Casino’s buffet is something out of a fairy tale. The bouquet’s and ceiling fixtures combine fantasy with elegance, and with over 120 dishes including prime cuts of grilled steak and oceanic delights, there’s little missing from this elaborate feast.

Priced between $30 and $60 per person depending on the time of day, one of the biggest perks of the buffet is access to one of the best dessert buffets in the city. With plenty of warm pastries and even a chocolate fountain you won’t want to miss out on dessert.

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Cruising down Las Vegas Blvd. “The Strip” in a TT (video)

July 7, 2017

Cruising down Las Vegas Blvd. “The Strip” – Welcome To Las Vegas Sign

Take a cruise down the famous Las Vegas Blvd. also know as “The Strip.” The Strip begins before the “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign, all the way down to just before the Stratosphere.

Here is an interesting fact, “The Strip” refers to the stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard that is roughly between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road, with a distance of 4.2 miles, and is technically not in the city of Las Vegas, but in the county of Clark along with most of the hotels & resorts. In 1959 the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign was constructed exactly 4.5 miles outside of the city limits. The sign is today about 0.4 miles south of the southernmost entrance to Mandalay Bay (the southernmost casino).

The video was shot on a GoPro and mounted on an Audi TT.
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On This Date: July 3, 1975 Caesars Palace Flood

July 3, 2017
Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

On the Strip, Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975 – Las Vegas News Bureau.

Note: the following was originally printed in 2010.

35th Anniversary of The Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975
Chris Stachelski NWS

Las Vegas Thirty-five years ago this summer one of the most significant flash flood events to ever occur in Las Vegas occurred on a Thursday afternoon right before the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Although this flood is often referred to as the Caesars Palace Flood since the devastation most often associated with it took place in the parking lot of the Caesars Palace casino, this event produced extensive flooding in other portions of Las Vegas and in North Las Vegas. At the time it occurred the Caesars Palace Flood was the most costly flooding disaster ever in the Las Vegas Valley with damage estimates placed at $4.5 million (in 1975 dollars).

The thunderstorm activity that occurred over far southern Nevada on the afternoon of July 3, 1975 was triggered by an increase in moisture that resulted from two factors. A moist southeast flow in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere, typically associated with the monsoon, was already established in the southwestern United States by the morning hours of July 3rd. While this larger scale pattern typically brings enough moisture to trigger thunderstorms, the thunderstorm activity that would eventually develop on the afternoon of July 3rd was fueled by a surge of low-level moisture that came up the Colorado River Valley from the Gulf of California. Meteorologists often refer to this push of richer low-level moisture accompanied by such a wind direction up the Colorado River Valley during the summer months as a “Gulf Surge”. Gulf Surges have been noted for contributing to more active thunderstorm events and in those events often having storms that unleash heavy amounts of rainfall.

Shortly after 12 PM on July 3rd, thunderstorms began to develop around the southwest side of the Las Vegas Valley and then began to move northward. Thunderstorms continued to develop for the next few hours with activity being heaviest on the west side of the valley. Between 5 and 6 PM, the thunderstorms finally began to move northward away from the valley. The southeast side of the valley saw very little, if any, rainfall from the thunderstorms. As the thunderstorms moved northward across the west side of the Las Vegas Valley they unleashed heavy rain, with estimated totals in excess of 3 inches, as well as wind gusts of up to 58 mph. While much of the heaviest rain did fall on undeveloped land on the west side of the valley, residential neighborhoods in Las Vegas and North Las Vegas just west of Interstate 15 received at least a half an inch of rain.

The Las Vegas Valley slopes downward about 1000 feet from west to east and the heavy rain that did fall during this event was unleashed onto the higher west side of the valley. The natural drainage of the valley at this time was relatively unaltered and consisted of a series of alluvial fans containing washes that eventually drained eastward into Lake Mead. Thus while flooding on the west side of the valley resulted from a combination of heavy rain and drainage in primarily the form of runoff, flooding from Interstate 15 eastward was entirely from runoff. Flooding was first noted in the Las Vegas Creek during the afternoon of July 3rd, followed shortly after in the Flamingo and Tropicana Washes. In the Las Vegas Wash, flooding began on the upper reaches of the wash at North Las Vegas and then moved downstream. The flow of water then continued down the Las Vegas Wash before it emptied into Lake Mead. Floodwaters in the lower part of the Las Vegas Wash did not peak until the early morning hours of the 4th .

All-time peak flows based on records through 1975 were recorded on the Tropicana, Flamingo and Las Vegas Washes as well as Las Vegas Creek. Widespread flooding occurred in downtown Las Vegas, North Las Vegas and in neighborhoods just west of Interstate 15 and further east in Las Vegas along the Flamingo Wash. However, the most significant damage occurred on the Las Vegas Strip where the Flamingo Wash passed just north of the Caesars Palace and Flamingo casinos. Some 700 cars parked in a lot at Caesars were inundated when floodwaters swept down the wash and up against a bridge on Las Vegas Boulevard that went over the wash. Most of the cars parked here ignored a sign that warned of a flood threat in this area. While this was the most noted impact associated with this flood event, two men were killed North Las Vegas when they were swept away by floodwaters. Damage occurred to culverts and pavement along the Northshore Road in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area from water that surged downstream along the Las Vegas Wash. In metropolitan Las Vegas, extensive damage occurred with numerous homes and businesses flooded. Several vehicles were inundated by a surge of water or swept off roadways. Curbs, streets and lawns were flooded, eroded and covered with sediment. Numerous telephone poles were knocked over by the surge of water and erosion. Sewage plants were inundated and thus deactivated due to the influx of water and mud. Damage was estimated in 1975 dollars at $4.5 million.

The Caesars Palace Flood demonstrates how heavy rain falling in the headwaters of a drainage system, in this case washes, can result in flooding many miles away from where rain even occurs. Only 0.07 inch of rain fell at McCarran Airport during this event and a tenth of an inch was estimated by a bucket survey along the Flamingo Wash about a mile east of The Strip while three-quarters of an inch fell near where the Palms Casino stands today and as much as three inches was estimated in what is now Spring Valley. At this time there were no organized flood control measures in Las Vegas. In addition, real-time weather information such as radar, satellite and observations were extremely limited by today’s standards. Despite the limited technology, the NWS office in Las Vegas did warn of the flood around three and a half hours in advance. Although substantial improvements in weather forecasting and flood control have been made since 1975, floodwaters should never be underestimated.


Significant thanks are extended to Darryl Randerson who composed a paper on this event that was published in 1976. Additional thanks are extended to the Las Vegas Review-Journal for the use of images and to Barry Pierce of the National Weather Service in Las Vegas for reviewing this report.

Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

Caesars Palace in 1975 – Photo courtesy UNLV Special Collections.

The photo above shows Caesars Palace in 1975 likely prior to the flood event of July 3rd. This is very similar to what the layout of the Caesars property looked liked at the time the flood occurred. To the right of Caesars in this photo (the northern extent of the property) is the parking lot where as many as 700 cars were destroyed by the raging floodwaters of the Flamingo Wash. While Flamingo Wash is dry in this photo, it can be seen in the upper right where it extends out from a bridge that was built over it for Interstate 15. In the photo you can see how the wash comes right at a portion of the parking lot. Note that little development existed in the area just west of Caesars Palace (the upper portion of this photo). Today, this area is one of the most densely developed sections of Las Vegas.

Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

Google Earth image of the central Strip, 1977. Flamingo Wash is the blue line that runs across this image



Google Earth image of the central Strip, 2010.

These aerial photographs show the central area of the Las Vegas Strip. In the top photograph, note how small of an area Caesars Palace covered in 1977. If you look closely you can make out some of the buildings then in today’s Caesars Palace. The Forum Shops now sit in the area where the parking lot was back in the 1970s. Of all of the neighbors Caesars had in the 1970s, only the Flamingo remains today. The Dunes Hotel was demolished in the mid 1990s and in 1998 the Bellagio opened in its place.

Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

Wrecked cars are tossed across the parking lot at Caesars Palace after the flood. Photo Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

Floodwaters on North Main Street in Las Vegas. Photo Credit: Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

Caesars Palace Flood of July 3, 1975

Map of rainfall amounts From July 3, 1975. White numbers are actual values determined from rain gauges and bucket surveys. Green lines denote every half inch of rainfall measured. Black numbers denote values of green lines. Map background from Google Earth shows the Las Vegas Valley today. Values on the map were obtained from a report by Darryl Randerson done in 1976.

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Photo Credits:
Review Journal, UNLV Special Collection,, Clark County Regional Flood Control District and Las Vegas News Bureau.

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