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: January 23, 2004 – Binion’s Horseshoe was Sold

January 23, 2015
Binion's Fremont Street Experience

Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel in downtown Las Vegas, was previous called Binion’s Horseshoe

On January 23, 2004 downtown Las Vegas’ iconic Horseshoe Hotel and Casino was sold to Harrah’s Entertainment. The casino is named for its founder, Benny Binion, whose family ran it from its founding in 1951 until 2004. Currently, the now rename casino, Binion’s Gambling Hall and Hotel, is owned and operated by TLC Casino Enterprises, Inc. but, the hotel rooms remain closed to this day.

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Las Vegas Panoramic Sky from of Downtown Jan 12, 2015

January 12, 2015
Las Vegas Downtown Sunset Jan 15, 2014

Las Vegas Downtown Sunset – January 15, 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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Here is a Food that Represents Nevada- Let Them Eat Shrimp!

September 24, 2014

An article appeared in Deadspin online magazine featuring signature foods from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, ranking them in order. There where the notable No. 1. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (Illinois), No. 4 Crab cake (Maryland), No. 7 Key lime pie (Florida) and the rest. But Nevada came in 49th place with ” Nothing” beating the horrid sounding, No. 50  Steamed  cheeseburger (Connecticut) and No. 51. Cincinnati chili (Ohio). Nevada was the only state listed as not having a food that represents itself.

   N0. 49  “Nothing”  “Not having any authentic local culture to speak of (Nevada)” – Deadspin

As a long time resident of Nevada and Las Vegas for over 40 years. I propose that we submit to DeadSpin and to our own legislator body of Nevada to make the “Shrimp Cocktail” the official food for Nevada. Now this might sound a bit strange for a land locked state being 200 miles from the nearest ocean. The shrimp cocktail is cool and spicy, reminds me of the classic Las Vegas, with the Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. serve in a glass from a by gone era.

-Update- The Cooking Channel featured an article as Nevada’s state food as the “Buffet” which did include the Shrimp Cocktail, its like saying, Nevada your state food is “Food”. Let’s narrow it down to the quintessential Shrimp Cocktail.

On a per capita basis, Las Vegas alone consumes more than 22 million pounds of shrimp annually, more than anywhere else in the world and that is not even counting other popular areas like Lake Tahoe and Reno. Las Vegas now has local shrimp farming in warehouses to keep up with the Vegas’ 60,000 pounds daily need.

Shrimp Cocktail proposed State food for Nevada?

Shrimp Cocktail proposed State food for Nevada?

The history of the shrimp cocktail dates back to the end of the 1800s and the early 1900s and it came out of San Francisco. During the late 1920′s, “cocktail appetizers” like shrimp cocktail became popular during the prohibition era. It was a popular way to reuse the stemware that were at all the bars during those times. The shrimp cocktail was brought to Las Vegas in 1959 when the Golden Gate Hotel was purchased by a group of Italian-Americans from San Francisco. They set their cost of their shrimp cocktail price at 50 cents until 1991, at present it is $2.99. The Golden Gate continues to serve Shrimp Cocktails today.

Spread the word! Contact your you state legislators! Send the tweets! Don’t let Nevada be the “Nothing” state when it come to having a signature food. lets Make the Shrimp Cocktail Nevada’s State Food.

The full list of state foods can be found at Deadspin.

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

September 9, 2014

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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On This Date: August 30, 1946 The Golden Nugget Opened

August 30, 2014
Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas

On August 30, 1946 the Golden Nugget opened, making it one of the oldest hotels in Las Vegas. The Golden Nugget is located in the orginal downtown area of Las Vegas on Fremont Street. The area is  also known as Glitter Gulch as apposed to the famous Las Vegas Blvd, aka the “Strip”. The Golden Nugget is the largest casino in the downtown area, with a total of 2,345 deluxe guest rooms and suites.

Displayed in the Golden Nugget lobby, is the world’s largest gold nugget, the Hand of Faith. It weighs in at 875 troy ounces. The gold alone is worth $1.2 million at todays prices ($1400 per oz.)

The Golden Nugget has had many famous owners, including: Jackie Gaughan, Steve Wynn and Kirk Kerkorian. Landry’s Restaurants are the current owners and operators of the Golden Nugget today.

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John E. Carson Hotel – Downtown Panoramic in Las Vegas

July 13, 2014
John E.Carson converted motel

John E.Carson converted hotel – July 2, 2014

The newly renovation John E. Carson Hotel was an old 65-room run down hotel, is now the home to O-Face Doughnuts, Bud & Vine and Grass Roots, other tenants include Kerry Simon’s Carson Kitchen, Bunnyfish Studios architects, Bikram Yoga studio, Bocho sushi restaurant, Digital Royalty social media company and the Las Vegas Film Festival located at 124 S. 6th Street in downtown Las Vegas.  One original tenant remains from before the conversion is Black Spade Tattoos.

The Downtown Project,  bought the 19,000-square-foot building in 2012.

Here is a photo before and after the restoration of the original hotel  neon sign.

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Date Taken: July 2, 2014


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