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

February 10, 2016
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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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On This Date: January 23, 2004 – Binion’s Horseshoe was Sold

January 23, 2016
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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Helicopter Scans for Radiation Over Las Vegas

December 29, 2015

December 29, 2011. A Department of Energy (DOE) helicopter scans the Downtown and Las Vegas Strip corridor for radioactivity.  A helicopter carrying 2 large pods (seen in this photo)  mounted on either side makes long low level sweeps across the downtown and Strip area of Las Vegas scanning for signs of radiation.

This helicopter, a Bell 412,  has been used in the past of similar scans of the Las Vegas area before.  With a check of its tail number, a Google search turns up a document by the DOE of this same helicopter with a in-depth description of the remote sensing equipment used in detecting gamma radiation from plutonium sources at the Nevada Test Site between 1996-1999. According to other searches on the web (Close up Photo) it has been used for radiation scanning in other parts of the United States.

The linked document describes the scanning flights as low level (45 meters off the ground) and in long parallel swaths (25 meters apart).  These types of scans have been witness before by this same helicopter over Las Vegas and are probably part of the homeland security protocol for big large crowd events in Las Vegas.

DOE or whomever.. Keeping Las Vegas Safe, Happy New Year Everyone!

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Helicopter scans for radiation over Las Vegas

More on this helicopter scanning activities and what type of scanning equipment it is carrying. View This document from the DOE website (PDF).

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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 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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