Category: The Strip

Helicopter Scans for Radiation Over Las Vegas

August 27, 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!

Scanning Helicopter scans Las Vegas

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: August 20, 1964 -The Beatles Performed in Las Vegas

August 20, 2015
The Beatles at the Las Vegas Convention Center August 20,1964

The Beatles at the Las Vegas Convention Center August 20,1964

On This Date: August 20, 1964, The Beatles played at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Originally slated to play at the Sahara Hotel, but the venue could only hold 600 people, so it was moved to the nearby Las Vegas Convention Center. Over 8000 fans saw the shows and The Beatles earned $30,000 for their two performances.

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On This Date: August 18, 2000, The Aladdin Re-opens

August 18, 2015

Aladdin Hotel in 2008

After being closed since November 25, 1997, The old Hotel and Casino was imploded and a new $1.2 billion hotel and gaming complex was built on its 35 acres of land. The Aladdin re-opened on August 18, 2000 after a 24 hour delay due to fire inspections.
The hotel was sold in bankruptcy on June 20, 2003 and remain open under its new owners, and on April 17, 2007, After the casino was renovated, it was reopened as: “Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino”.  The casino changed hands again, on February 19, 2010, the hotel was sold to Caesars Entertainment and remains open today as Planet Hollywood.

The funny thing is that “Planet Hollywood restaurant” is not located in the Planet Hollywood Hotel, it is located in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

Photo Taken Sept 21, 2008
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On This Date: August 5, 1966 Caesars Palace Opened

August 5, 2015
Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip

Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip

Caesars Palace is a luxury hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip. Caesars Palace is currently owned and operated by Caesars Entertainment Corporation. Caesars is located on the west side of the Strip, between the Bellagio and the Mirage. The hotel includes a convention facility of over 300,000 square feet and it has 3,960 rooms in six towers.

Caesars Palace opened on August 5, 1966 making it the 16th hotel on the Las Vegas Blvd. also known as the famous Las Vegas “Strip”.

Some additional panoramic photos of Caesars in 1999.

Many movies have been filmed at Caesars over the years, including: The Electric Horseman, Rocky III, Rain Man, Oh, God! You Devil, Ocean’s Eleven 2001, The Hangover and The Hangover III.

On December 31, 1967, Evel Knievel unsuccessfully tried to jump 141 feet over the hotel’s water fountain with his motorcycle. In 1980, Gary Wells gained much media coverage, and much physical suffering, when he unsuccessfully tried to jump a motorcycle over a water fountain at the Caesars Palace. He sustained injuries to many different parts of his body. In 1989, Robbie Knievel successfully completed what his father could not do years before by completing the fountain jump. On May 4, 2006, Mike Metzger became the first person to ever back-flip on a motorcycle over the fountains.

A Formula One World Championship car race event was held at Caesars Palace in 1981 and 1982 called the Caesars Palace Grand Prix.

Caesars Palace hosted many top international performers, such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Rod Stewart, Celine Dion, Cher, Bette Midler, Liberace, Liza Minnelli, Elton John, George Burns, Pilita Corrales, Pat Cooper, Diana Ross, Paul Anka, Julio Iglesias, Judy Garland, David Copperfield, Stevie Nicks, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Gloria Estefan, Phyllis Diller, Luis Miguel, Janet Jackson, Shania Twain, Jerry Seinfeld, Harry Belafonte and Mariah Carey to mention a few.

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On This Date: July 16, 2007 The New Frontier Hotel & Casino Closed

July 16, 2015
The New Frontier was a hotel and casino

The New Frontier Hotel and Casino Closed in July 16, 2007

The New Frontier Hotel & Casino was the second resort that opened on the Las Vegas Strip and operated continuously from October 30, 1942 until it closed its doors for good at 12:00 A.M. on July 16, 2007.

The resort had the distinction of hosting Elvis Presley’s first Vegas appearance in 1956, and the final performance of Diana Ross and The Supremes on January 14, 1970.

The building was demolished on November 13, 2007. In 2007, A new hotel casino, tentatively titled the Las Vegas Plaza, was proposed to be built in its place but those plan were scuttled in 2011.

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On This Date July 13, 1974 Bob Stupak Opens Vegas World

July 13, 2015
Bob Stupak's Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Bob Stupak’s Vegas World Opened on Friday July 13, 1974

Vegas World was a casino/hotel opened in 1979 on Las Vegas Boulevard owned and operated by Bob Stupak. It was also signed as Bob Stupak’s Vegas World.

Stupak bought the land on which he would eventually build Vegas World with money he raised himself and from his father’s friends. On March 31, 1974, he built a small slot joint called Bob Stupak’s World Famous Historic Gambling Museum. Although, on May 21, the place burned down when an air conditioner caught fire.

After the fire he managed to persuade Valley Bank to lend him more than $1 million to complete what would be known as Vegas World. Vegas World opened on Friday, July 13, 1979 with 102 rooms, with the motto “The Sky’s The Limit”. Bob Stupak developed weird and original rules for traditional games, like double exposure  21, where the dealer would deal both of his card face up. Another of his successful promotions was his direct-mail coupons offering value packages, and his ad were often seen in the back pages of magazines like the National Enquirer.

At its peak, Vegas World made $100 million a year in gambling revenues.

Vegas World is remembered by some as one of Vegas’s most unusual and quirky casinos. Vegas World closed on February 1, 1995, in order to make room for its successor, the Stratosphere, Stupak’s dream project. Stupak died in September 2009.

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