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

October 1, 2015

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

September 9, 2015
Zappos-Cubicles

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 September 1, 2011 the Plaza Re-opened in Downtown Las Vegas

September 1, 2015
Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

On this Date, September 1, 2011 the Plaza re-opened.

The original hotel, the Union Plaza, opened on July 2, 1971 with the owners including local businessmen: Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon and Jackie Gaughan. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that originally stood at the site. But the hotel portion closed on November 11, 2010.

Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas

Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas – Sunrise

The hotel is famous In the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, the construction of the Union Plaza is visible in the background. In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, a model of the Plaza serves as the hotel tower.

The Union plaza closed on November 11, 2010 and re-opened about a year later on September 1, 2011 as the Plaza.

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

August 30, 2015
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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On This Date, August 29, 2007 runaway chlorine tank car rolls through Las Vegas

August 29, 2015
Actual Photo of Chlorine Tank

Actual Photo of Chlorine Tank

On this day August 29, 2007, a runaway chlorine tank car traveled approximately 22 miles through the heart of Las Vegas. The tank car hit a top speed of 50 mph before stopping in the Northern part of Las Vegas. The tank car was fully-loaded with chlorine, a toxic irritating chemical. The tank care had broken free from a rail yard on the South end of the Las Vegas Valley around 9 a.m. The tanker’s speed reached 50 mph. Fortunately no one was hurt and there was no damage or leak of chlorine during the incident.

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On This Date: July 2, 1971 The Union Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas Opened

July 2, 2015

The Plaza, originally named the Union Plaza (Photo by: LasVegas360.com)

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The “Union” was removed in 2011 (Photo by: LasVegas360.com)

Opened on July 2, 1971 with the owners including local businessmen: Sam Boyd, Frank Scott, Howard Cannon and Jackie Gaughan. Its original name was Union Plaza, in reference to the Union Pacific railroad station that originally stood at the site.

In the 1971 James Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever, the construction of the Union Plaza is visible in the background. In the 1989 film Back to the Future Part II, a model of the Plaza serves as the hotel tower.

The hotel portion closed on November 11, 2010. The hotel re-opened September 1, 2011 as the Plaza.

Re-modeled rooms of the Plaza in 2011

Re-modeled rooms of the Plaza in 2011

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