Category: Downtown

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

On This Date : March 20, 1931 The first gaming license issued in Las Vegas

March 20, 2017
The Northern Club on Fremont St. was the first establishment to be issued a gaming license in Clark County

The Northern Club on Fremont St. was the first establishment to be issued a gaming license in Clark County in 1931.

After the legalization of gaming in Nevada, the Northern Club received received the first gaming license in Las Vegas on March 20, 1931.  The Northern Club was located in downtown Las Vegas on 15 East Fremont Street. The license was issued by Clark County and was the first gaming license issued to a woman, Mayme Stocker.

Originally opened in the 1900’s as the Las Vegas Coffee House, Mayme Stocker renamed it the Northern Club in 1920 offering liquor and gaming while both were illegal.

The Northern Club casino was renamed in 1945 as the Monte Carlo Club by Wilbur Clark. In The Late 1970’s it was again renamed to the Coin Castle which later became the La Bayou Casino and is still in operation today.

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On This Date March 10, 2011, The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Opened

March 10, 2017
Smith Center bell tower

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened on March 10, 2011

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts is a public/private partnership that is the centerpiece of cultural life in Las Vegas offering a blend of performances by resident companies as well as first-run touring attractions. The 4.75-acre cultural complex features inviting lobbies with beautiful balconies, refined acoustics and a tastefully landscaped plaza in downtown’s 61-acre urban development, Symphony Park. Home to the 2,050-seat Reynolds Hall and the Boman Pavilion, The Smith Center is a living room for Las Vegas; a place that educates, entertain and excite the citizens of our great community. The Smith Center broke ground in May of 2009 with a ceremonial carillon bell casting and ringing. In February 2010, it celebrated its “Topping Out” with the raising of 50 tons of steel and open on February 10, 2011.

Symphony Park

Symphony Park

Next door the the Smith Center is the new home for the children’s museum, a state-of-the-art building to be named the Donald W. Reynolds Discovery Center.

Next to the Smith Center, is a small park called, Symphony Park, it is a two-acre open space within the heart of Symphony Park a is used for special cultural events.

Construction Photos

Photo gallery prior to opening

The Smith Center for the Performing Art- Panoramas

Interior Photos of the Smith Center for Performing Arts

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On this Date: February 14, 2012, The Mob Museum Opened in Downtown Las Vegas

February 14, 2017
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The Mob Museum right before is grand opening in 2012

On February 14, 2012, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, or “Mob “Museum located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada opened. The opening date of February 14th, coincides with the historical deadly Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in 1929. It was the murder of seven mob associates as part of a Prohibition-era conflict between two powerful criminal gangs in Chicago: the South Side Italian gang led by Al Capone and the North Side Irish gang led by Bugs Moran.Former members of the Egan’s Rats gang were also suspected of having played a significant role in the incident, assisting Capone.

The Museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office and Courthouse, built in 1933 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum is on Stewart Avenue, two blocks north of Fremont Street, the main artery of the downtown casino district. The Mob Museum is dedicated to the thrilling story of organized crime and law enforcement. It presents an exciting and authentic view of the mob’s impact on Las Vegas history and its unique imprint on the world.

The museum is located at the end of 3rd street at 300 Stewart Avenue near the newly opened “Mob Bar”,  just north of the Fremont Street Experience.  The expected opening is  in February of 2012.

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Date Taken: December 30, 2011

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On This Date: February 10, 1983, the Las Vegas Post Office/Courthouse Was Placed on the National Register of Historic Places

February 10, 2017
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The newly restored Post Office/Court House historic building in downtown Las Vegas is now the home of the Mob Museum

The building was erected between 1931 and 1933, opening on November 27, 1933. It served as a post office, and as a court house of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on February 10, 1983. The building remained an active post office for several more years.

Control of the building was turned over to the city in 2002 for use as a museum and cultural center.

Currently, the building is the home of the The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. The Museum is located at 300 Stewart Avenue in the heart of downtown Las Vegas. It was one of the 14 courthouses in the nation to hold the Kefauver Committee hearings on organized crime. It is also the very courtroom where Museum visionary and former Las Vegas Mayor, Oscar B. Goodman, defended many mobsters as organized crime’s go-to defense attorney. Meticulously rehabilitated to its original beauty, the building is significant not only for its neo-classical architecture reminiscent of the period in which it was built, but also for the historic events that unfolded inside of it.

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Vegas Style Online Casino Table Games

February 6, 2017

Gold Spike "$5 Sexy BlackJack" in Downtown Las Vegas

Vegas style online casino table games are going to be everywhere on almost all online casino gaming websites. People are going to find plenty of these listed right alongside all of the different online casino slot games. While the online casino slot games are going to get a somewhat disproportionate share of the attention, a lot of people really do love the table games more than all of the others.

The table games might exist in smaller numbers on the websites, but that does not mean that they are going to be unpopular there. People are just going to want to play them several times, allowing them to make the most of the table games that are already there.

Many of the people who are playing the Vegas style online gaming table games as opposed to the online casino slot games are going to be interested in all of the different intricate aspects of these games. These are classic games that are still similar to the ones that people are going to find in land based casinos today. Land based casinos are more or less integrating with the online casinos of today in many cases.

However, these two different types of casinos are going to offer people a different experience in some ways. It is important for people to think about what makes online gaming casinos different from the land based casinos and what makes all of them the same. There are lots of benefits associated with both, and people can certainly appreciate the fact that both of these casinos have a lot of really new games as well as a lot of really classic games that have been around for a long time.

Blackjack is probably the most popular of the online casino table games that people will play today. There are lots of different types of blackjack that people can play today. Almost all of them are popular. Blackjack is a game of chance as well as a game of skill. People can really apply their knowledge of cards to blackjack. This is a game that is among the most exciting that anyone can play.

Roulette is another one of the most popular of the different online casino table games. Roulette is certainly an exciting game that is going to keep people on their toes. There are different types of roulette. In fact, the different types of roulette seem to vary according to the national boundaries, which is just going to make things easier for the people who are trying to establish stronger national identities for these casinos. There are lots and lots of different options for roulette, and a lot of people are going to appreciate the fact that this is a game where even a few seconds are going to make all the difference.

People can play lots of different online casino table games at Royal Vegas Online Casino games increase in number all the time. However, their table games are faithful entries to the genre of modern casino games.

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On This Date: February 6, 2006. Lady Luck Casino in Downtown Las Vegas Closed


Lady Luck Hotel Casino – September 2007

The Lady Luck opened in 1964 as Honest Johns. The property is located one street north of the famous “Fremont Street” on Ogden Ave. It was originally a small newsstand/smoke-shop with 20 slot machines and a few pinball machines. This was the Honest John’s located downtown and not the other one located on Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara Ave. But, in 1968 it was renamed Lady Luck. In 1972, it expanded from its small beginnings to engulf the whole block as a full-fledged casino with restaurants and shops.


Honest John’s Before the Lady Luck

The first hotel tower opened in 1986 and the second tower was added in 1989. Lady Luck had more than 30,000 square feet of gaming space, more than 800 slot and video poker machines and 30 table games, 792 hotel guestrooms, four restaurants and a multi-level parking garage. On February 6, 2006 the Lady was closed. 7 years later, on October 27, 2013, the hotel and casino reopened as the Downtown Grand.

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