Category: Downtown

Downtown Las Vegas, also know as Glittergulch, the areas around downtown include East Fremont, Symphony Park, and the Arts District.

Las Vegas Panoramic Sky from Downtown Las Vegas Jan 12, 2015

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Las Vegas Downtown Sunset – January 12, 2014

Looking over the Symphony Park Development, maybe a stadium one day or not.

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Date Taken: January 12, 2015

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Las Vegas Whistle Stop for Steam Engine 844 – November 22, 2011

November 22, 2017

On November 22, 2011, in downtown Las Vegas, the Union Pacific Steam Locomotive No. 844 made a brief stop in Las Vegas on its return trip home back to Cheyenne, Wyoming as visiting Arizona and New Mexico to help both states celebrate their centennials.

Steam Locomotive No. 844 is the last steam locomotive built for Union Pacific Railroad. It was delivered in 1944. A high-speed passenger engine, it pulled such widely known trains as the Overland Limited, Los Angeles Limited, Portland Rose and Challenger.

Many people know the engine as the No. 8444, since an extra ‘4’ was added to its number in 1962 to distinguish it from a diesel numbered in the 800 series. The steam engine regained its rightful number in June 1989, after the diesel was retired.

Union Pacific Steam Engine 844

Union Pacific Steam Engine 844 makes a Whistle Stop in Las Vegas in front of the old Union Plaza Hotel

Las Vegas has a long history with the railroad. In 1890 railroad developers had determined the water-rich Las Vegas Valley would be a prime location for a stop facility and town. More than a quarter century earlier, Nevada, known as the Battle Born State, had been admitted to the Union in 1864 during the Civil War.

Work on the first railroad grade into Las Vegas began the summer of 1904. The tent town called Las Vegas sprouted saloons, stores and boarding houses. Rails were connected with the eastern segment of track in October 1904. The San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, later absorbed by its parent the Union Pacific, made its inaugural run from California to points east on Jan. 20, 1905.

Steam driven locomotives like No. 844 have been crossing the desert for over a hundred years stopping in Las Vegas. The power of the steam engine still impressed folks with its brief stop in downtown Las Vegas. Stopping in front of the original train depot, the Union Plaza now know as the “Plaza”. It remained idle for about 10 minutes pulsing steam. When it roared to life with the awesome power of steal and steam. The engine was alive with power, blaring its distinct whistle, it sounded just like the Mark Twain Steamboat at Disneyland, and sprinted down the tracks effortlessly on it way home in Cheyenne.

Union Pacific Steam Engine 844

Steam Engine 844 was the last built Steam Engine for the Union Pacific Railroad

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Date Taken: 11/22/2011

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Ten Wild Facts about Las Vegas which Blow Your Mind

November 14, 2017

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Las Vegas, also renowned as Sin City, is best known as the gaming capital of the world. Being home to thousands of casinos that offer a wide assortment of thrills, Las Vegas is nothing short of a party destination. The city has been used as an inspiration for most online gambling destinations and the bonuses they offer, including the Bet365 casino bonus. Even though it is well known for gambling, not many people known much about the city of Las Vegas. Here are some mind-blowing facts about this flashy city that you probably didn’t know:

1. Public drinking

Some places may allow residents to walk around with drinks in their hands including Las Vegas, but the city has some strict laws on how to go about it. You are only allowed to have an open drink in public if the place where you made the purchase permitted you to leave with it. Additionally, glass and metal containers are not allowed, and one can only use a plastic container. With a drink in hand, you cannot go within one thousand feet of learning, medical, or religious institution. These drinking regulations are only upheld within the city limits.

2. Legendary Crime Lords
It is no secret that the city was built to its current gaming status by notorious mobsters. The mobster era was especially rampant between 1905 and 1910 when the law restricted gambling. The ban did not stop gambling activities, which were being undertaken underground. During this time until the ban was lifted in 1910, law enforcement engaged them in a great war, which went down in history as among the most gruesome mobster wars of our time. Even though gambling was legalized, the lottery remained banned even to date. Efforts to overturn this ban have proved futile.

You can learn more about this war in the Mob Museum located in the same city. It is filled with artifacts that were preserved from those days, and the staff tell stories of how the Las Vegas came under the influence of some of the biggest crime lords.

3. Numerous accommodation facilities
Apart from a lot of gambling establishments, Las Vegas boasts among the highest accommodation facilities, which amount to a total of one hundred and thirty thousand hotel rooms. The MGM Grand Casino has the most accommodation rooms, amounting to five thousand of them. The number of rooms available in Las Vegas are way more than those available in the entire State of Oregon, and it would take one person about two hundred and eighty-eight years to spend a night in each of them. These accommodation establishments are almost always over ninety percent full, which goes to show that the population of Las Vegas demands such a high amount of rooms.

4.  Gambling is within the city limits only

Las Vegas is most popular for its gambling activities, with casino games being found in nearly every nook and cranny. However, gambling is only allowed within forty kilometers of the famous Las Vegas Strip. Past the twenty-five-mile limit, one will be welcomed by the quieter side of Las Vegas. This law was enacted in 1931 during the construction of the Hoover Dam. The officials overseeing the construction were worried that the workers, who lived in a town just outside the city, would take all their wages to the casino tables and slots. Even with many evolvements happening in the small town, the authorities have still maintained the restriction.

5.  MGM Casino inferno
With the numerous guests that go in and out of casino establishments in Las Vegas, installing equipment to control infernos is fundamental. However, during the establishment of brick and mortar casinos up to the 1980s, most gambling destinations did not have some of the fire safety measures that are considered crucial today. The MGM Casino fell victim to an inferno in the ground floor, which happened to be one of the two floors which lacked water sprinklers. This led to a huge fire that saw the death of eighty-five people, and six hundred and seventy-nine being injured. This incident went down as one of the worst fire cases in the United States.

6. Gambling hospitals

Even though Las Vegas is well known for the thrill of gambling, one hospital took it too far, and workers began placing wagers on when their patient would pass on. These workers were stripped of their licenses, while one nurse faced murder for apparently killing one of her patients to win a wager. There have since been strict rules on where gambling can be undertaken in the city.

7.  Prostitution is banned

Being dubbed Sin City may lead most people into believing that it allows legal prostitution. The law in Nevada states that such activities are only allowed in states that feature the inhabitants not being less than four hundred thousand people. Seeing that Las Vegas has surpassed that mark by far, the practice is banned by the state. However, this does not mean that underground rings do not conduct the business.

8.  Las Vegas was among the most racially segregated states in the 1950s

During the legalization of gambling, African-Americans were not restricted from gambling at casinos. However, in the 1950s, tourists complained about the interaction of races, which led to the banning of African-Americans from gambling and living on a certain side of town. These laws were lifted in 1960.

9. Vegas saved FedEx
The Chief Executive Officer and Founder of the FedEx Company decided to dance with lady luck to save his company, which was facing bankruptcy and probable closure. He wagered the firm’s last five thousand dollars during a blackjack game. This saw him win twenty-seven thousand dollars, which helped him pay off the company’s debts.

10.  Hosts the brightest place on Earth
With about fifteen thousand miles of neon lights running through the strip, which is more than what most states have, it is no wonder the Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on the globe when observed from space.

Las Vegas has much more exciting facts to it other than being the gambling capital as seen in this review.

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On this Date, October 1, 1980 Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch opened on Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas.

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On this Date, October 1, 1980 Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch opened at 22 Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.

Sassy Sally Glitter Gulch

Sassy Sally atop the Glitter Gulch sign

In 1982 Herb Pastor acquired the Glitter Gulch Casino next door to his Golden Goose Casino and combined the two locations under the license of the Golden Goose operating it until 1991.

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How to Do a Bachelor Party in Las Vegas

September 26, 2017

Women have shopping malls and children have Disney land, bachelors on the other hand have Las Vegas. Whoever designed and built the Sin City, it’s pretty apparent that he built it for the man going to tie the knot but wants to have one big last celebration before he enters a responsible life. Just look at what Las Vegas has to offer. From strip clubs, to casinos, to dance clubs to mammoth hotels, everything here is for the partying men. If you are getting married but want to have a bachelor party before you get into a life of pain and suffering, Las Vegas is the perfect place to party.

But like many men, there are certain things you should know before you head out to party with your friends. This guide will help you on how to do a bachelor party in Las Vegas that will leave a lasting memory with you.

Rent a crazy and out of this world suite
No party is complete with a mammoth sized suite in a hotel that is high above the ground. There are tons of hotels in Las Vegas that offer all sort of stuff that will give a huge kick to your party. There are rooms so huge that they come with a pool, a basketball court and even a locker room and an entertainment room with sound systems and screens.

Go and try to fly a fighter jet
This isn’t a joke. Las Vegas indeed has a place that lets you fly in a fighter jet. Head over to Sky Combat Ace in Las Vegas and sit in the passenger seat while you take a tour above the city in a fighter jet. This isn’t something for the faint of the heart so make sure you are ready. But if you are ready, this is one of the craziest things you will do in your life.

Find yourself a great lap dance
No bachelor party is complete without a couple of extremely hot ladies doing sexy moves on your lap. There are tons of strip clubs in Las Vegas that range from classy joints to dodgy little corner clubs. Find yourself an exquisite club with the finest ladies and go get yourself a couple of lap dances before you head home. If you are the adventurous type, try and get yourself a private lap dance in the Sin City, you’ll thank us later.

Visit the Grand Canyon
After a crazy night of partying, playing at the casino, flying in jets and getting yourself treated to a hot lap dance, its time to sooth yourself and visit the Grand Canyon. This can be a serene experience especially after the highs of partying all day and night. Make sure to grab a tour of the Grand Canyon that come in all kinds of flavors ranging from jeep tours to helicopter tours. Depending on how much you are willing to spend on your tour, you have many options.

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On This Date: September 9, 2013 Zappos Moves to Downtown Las Vegas

September 9, 2017

Zappos Cubicles allow for personalization

On this date, September 9, 2013, Zappos moves their headquarters into the old City Hall building in Downtown Las Vegas. Zappos original was from San Francisco, moved to Henderson, Nevada in 2004 and finally to Downtown Las Vegas.  Lead by Zappos CEO and guru, Tony Hsieh, who is considered in some circles as the Dalai Lama or Llama of DTLV.  Tony Hsieh, who also leads the Downtown Project, has been revitalizing downtown Las Vegas as a vibrant cultural and economic hotspot.


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Date: March 15, 2011

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