Category: Downtown

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

Downtown Las Vegas Panoramic Views

February 17, 2014
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Downtown Las Vegas shot from the Molasky Building - click to view hi-res

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Back of Container Park, shot from the front of Eat - click to view hi-res

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Downtown Art Project part of the Life is Beautiful festival outdoor Art - click to view hi-res

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Date Taken: Container Park & Outdoor Art 1/19/2014, Downtown 1/21/2014

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

February 14, 2014
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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.

Photo By: LasVegas360.com
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, 2014
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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.

Photo By: LasVegas360.com
Date Taken: December 30, 2011

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On This Date: January 29, 2004 Castaways-Showboat Hotel Closes in Las Vegas

January 29, 2014
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Showboat in 2000 changed its name to the Castaways which then closed on January 29, 2004

The Castaways Hotel and Casino (2000-2004), formerly the Showboat (1954–2000), was a hotel and casino located at the north end of the Boulder Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The hotel consisted of a 19 story tower containing 445 rooms, a 80,000-square-foot casino and an adjacent RV park. After 50 years the hotel was closed on January 29, 2004 and the hotel town was later imploded on January 11, 2006.

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

January 23, 2014
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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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Deadspin, Here is a Food that Represents Nevada

November 25, 2013

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 its self.

   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.

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.

Photo By: LasVegas360.com at the Golden Gate Casino

 

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