10-12-09 - Hey everyone! Yes, we're still alive and kicking, which is more than we can say for the economy on the strip! With so many of these new mega resorts on hold, everything's pretty stagnant and nothing's really in danger of "Leaving LV" at the moment. Thanks so much for all the kind and concerned emails, though! We're reinventing ourselves at the moment and plan to be back in the swing of things by the new year. As for updates, please PLEASE add us on FACEBOOK, as we update there more often. Also, please visit our friends at http://classiclasvegas.squarespace.com/ and http://veryvintagevegas.com/ for regular updates on what's happening in historic and artful Las Vegas! There are a couple of books in preliminary stages, as well! Thank you all for your wonderful support and friendship, and I hope you've enjoyed the work I've put into documenting these lost treasures. We'll be back...
5-14-09 - More great preservation news! After 14 years sitting in various bone yards, one of The Landmark's signs has been returned to its home on the corner of Paradise and Convention Center. Per Brian Paco Alvarez of the LVCVA: "The Landmark sign from the Neon Museum has been moved back to near its original location; well at least within a few feet from where it originally stood. It is now located on Paradise just North of the Convention Center Skywalk on the Westside of the street. It will be part of the new "art bus shelter" designed by Catherine Borg."
5-12-09 - After last week's devastating fire that destroyed what was left of the original Moulin Rouge, it's nice to report that on the other end of the valley, preservation of the Candlelight Wedding Chapel is coming along nicely. We've had many emails asking about this historic little chapel that used to sit on the Strip next to the Riviera. Many of our readers started their family lives here and were worried about it's future. We're happy to report to you that you'll soon be able to visit it once again at the Clark County Heritage Museum in Henderson.
5-7-09 - After the 4 alarm fire yesterday, the Moulin Rouge is no more. A fire engulfed the last remaining 1950's hotel wing and in the end, what remained of the structure was demolished by authorities. This is the third fire on property, the first being during construction, on this same building, weeks before the resort was to open. The fire in 2003 claimed the casino floor, bar, and showroom. Efforts have been underway to preserve, reuse, restore, and build upon the rich history and what was left of the buildings. We're all very thankful that the sign was removed just last week, although the structure that burned was yards from the facade the sign stood on.
4-29-09 - The Moulin Rouge signage came down earlier this morning in preparation for demolition and redevelopment of the site. The letters have been reportedly taken to the Neon Boneyard, but as of this morning, a quick glance in didn't reveal them. We're very happy this great sign is being saved. It was designed by Betty Willis, the designer of the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, and has a great little story attached to it. More soon.
3-23-09 - Saturday is the final curtain for Folies Bergere at the Tropicana. After 49 years the classic production show will be canned for "Elements", a "cirque du soliel style" show. Just what the Las Vegas strip needs! (again with the not).
3-11-09 - Two years ago this morning the Stardust tower came crashing down, bringing the end of an era. Today the property still sits useless, with an unfinished eyesore having taken the place of a historic and still viable piece of our city. Bravo Boyd! (not).
2-14-09 - Today is the third anniversary of the implosion of the Bourbon Street hotel tower on Flamingo. We don't have a page up for it yet, but one will be coming soon. This past week also brought about the end of another Las Vegas show, La Cage. Our condolences to Frank and his cast, and our thanks for 25 years of entertainment. Also updated all of the photos on the Moulin Rouge page. Lots of interesting ones. Check them out!
2-7-09 - The city of Las Vegas has asked that the remains of the Moulin Rouge in West Las Vegas be torn down. After suffering a devastating fire in 2003, the casino building was completely gutted and removed, leaving only the facade with its famous neon signage, and the tower. The remaining hotel wings have sat abandoned since 2005 and become squating spots for vagrants. The open property also poses a danger to passersby who may wander around the unsupervised, unkept land and buildings. This story echos the last days of The Klondike, at the other end of the strip.
1-25-09 - One year ago today the Monte Carlo caught fire. Read more here.
1-22-09 - Some happy news to report. The Huntridge Theater project was approved by the city, as many of you know. The first signs of positive steps at the historic deco theater have begun. The wall seperating the parking lots of the theater and the former bank has been demolished, affording a nice overall view of the property from the street corner. While taking the photographs, some locals waiting at the cross walk inquired about the plans and shared their hopes that the theater would not be torn down "like all of our other favorite places in this town". We're happy to report to you: It's not. For more on what's happening, click here.
1-15-09 - Sad news from the Tropicana: Folies Bergere, which opened Christmas Eve 1959, will close on March 28, just short of its 50th year. The decision has been met with dissent and confusion after the word was given by Tropicana's new President, Ron Thacker, after the show last night. It seems he feels instead of putting money into the longest running show in the country and making it something wonderful that people would like to see again, he'd rather close the show and bring in a new one. Absolutely asinine if you ask us. Read more here.
1-13-09 - Maude Frazier Hall is no more. The small part of the building left will stand for the time being. One other wall has been left standing as well. Our imaginations lead us to hope that perhaps this will be one of the legs of the planned arch? Or perhaps a memorial wall, as mentioned in plans for the grassy nothingness that the buliding was brought down for...
1-8-09 - A bit more reading reveals that the only thing being "preserved" of Maude Frazier Hall is the telecommunications room. Apparently, all of UNLV's communications are housed in the building, and this is the part of the building in the photos that is still standing and will stand until the set-up is moved. Then this will come down, too.
1-2-09 - Demolition of Maude Frazier Hall has commenced at UNLV.
12-18-08 - Updated the Frontier Page with a few more photos of what's left of the sign, as well as a rare photo of it being erected in 1967. Also, we've received a few emails about the page not working. We're using a new script to allow more ease in viewing the photos, and some older versions of IE may not be able to load it. Please make sure you upgrade to the latest version, or download a different browser. We recommend Firefox. Sorry for the inconvenience, but it's really helping with load time and MUCH easier to view photos!
12-15-08 - The Frontier page has been updated with a few sad pictures of the pieces of the Frontier sign leaving the property and headed for the scrap yard.
12-14-08 - Wynn Requests Demolition
From the Associated Press:
The famous marquee of the New Frontier hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip has been removed at the request of Steve Wynn, who is preparing to open a new resort across the street.
A construction manager of ELAD Las Vegas, which is developing the site, says the sign was taken down by a Wynn Resorts Ltd. team, which was given permission to come on the site.
A spokeswoman for Wynn Resorts says Wynn requested the sign be removed as it prepares to open Encore, a new casino-hotel attached to the Wynn.
12-8-08 - In the wake of the economy and, in particular, so many projects on the strip being put on hold indefinitely, many of which are only a fraction complete, no one's tearing down/building anything, which is a great thing! It gives us time to regroup and focus on what needs to be done in a timely matter. In happy news, two wonderful things have happened in the last month. The Neon Museum has been awarded a Hampton Landmark Preservation Grant which means they can continue with the restoration of The La Concha lobby and will be able to move forward with plans for the bone yard.
Also, the proposal for The Huntridge Theater has passed the city council and we await further action to preserve and reuse this wonderful building.
Sad news to report from UNLV, though. Maude Frazier Hall, the first building to be built on campus, when it was still a junior college, will be demolished over winter break. There's been A LOT of discussion and debate and fighting about this project and we've hoped that it would never come to fruition. Sadly, the building has been in the beginning stages of demolition for months now, and according to UNLV's website: "Maude Frazier Hall, the first building to be constructed on UNLV's main campus, is currently under demolition. A portion of the building will be retained to create a momument [yes, momument, way to go UNLV ] to recognize the cultural significance of the site as well as the contributions of the university's founders".
LAS VEGAS -- A (man) who shaped old Las Vegas has died. According to published reports, Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal died of a heart attack Monday night. He changed the world of sports gambling and secretly ran the Fremont, Stardust and Hacienda casinos when they were controlled by the Mafia. And if you don't know him, you might know his movie. The movie “Casino” was modeled after Rosenthal's life. He was played by Robert DeNiro. Rosenthal was the first to run a sports book operation inside a casino, which he did secretly for years. His links to organized crime landed him in the courtroom several times. His attorney was current Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. Rosenthal was dubbed “Lefty” after he pleaded the Fifth Amendment 37 times at a hearing. In 1982, he barely escaped death when his Cadillac El Dorado was rigged with explosives. He was saved by a metal plate installed under his seat. In 1988, the sports handicapper was put in Nevada’s Black Book and virtually kicked out of Las Vegas. But in interviews, he said he had snuck back into Sin City under disguise. Not much information has been released about his death. Reports showed he died of a heart attack at his Florida home. He will be a main feature in the city's Mob Museum that is slated to open in 2010.
09-23-08 - When things aren't being destroyed, we love to focus on things that are being preserved! We shot some photos of Las Vegas High School's new paint job. Check it out. Also, last night marked the grand re-dedication of the Fifth Street School as a cultural center for Downtown Las Vegas! The mayor spoke and the event was attended by around 500 people, including alumni of the historic school. We toured it afterward with our friends from classiclasvegas.com and veryvintagevegas.com. What a beautiful restoration! Pictures to follow soon.
09-14-08 - Finally an update! Thanks for all the emails guys. An injured foot and other obligations have been a priority this past month, but nothing's really happened so you didn't miss much. Our update today is another like the Alystra. A fire claimed The Las Vegas Tourist Bureau, a building no one knew much about that sat next to the Klondike. It was destruction on the Strip, so of course we had to photograph it.
08-14-08 - The Bell Mural has struck up quite a buzz around the history buffs and preservationists in town! Some information has surfaced and it's QUITE interesting! Check out the page!
Also, some EXCITING news about The Huntridge Theater! Plans have finally been revealed to the public, and they are amazing! Kudos to Eli Mizrachi, the owner, for his wonderful vision that will help save this treasure.
08-09-08 - We present our readers with a mystery: The Mystery Mural . Check it out.
Also, there's news on the Huntridge Theater front. The owner, Eli Mizrachi, is unveiling plans and drawings for an adaptive reuse of the property. The Save The Huntridge Commitee have seen these plans already and they sound absolutely amazing! LeavingLV.net friend Pam Hartley has put together a wonderful event for Eli to present his plans to the surrounding historic neighborhoods. The public and press are welcome! The event information follows:
Wednesday, August 13th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
1100 E. Sahara Avenue
08-06-08 - Echelon, Boyd's replacement for the Stardust, has been put on hold. This comes as no surprise to us or our readers. How many of these places can you propose and build before no one's interested in buying or backing? This is bad news for the city, but good news for what's left of our history, as perhaps they'll rethink the value, restoration, and reuse of what's here, rather than demolishing it to build another project that will most likely be canceled. Talks to bring the Frontier sign down have slowed as well, as it's certain Elad is rethinking their investment on the Strip.
Please join us Thursday at 7:00 p.m. at the Springs Reserve for the next installation of Classic Las Vegas' Untold Stories: In the Shadow of the Bomb. We will look back at the years of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site with nuclear scientists and workers as well as those who watched the early morning blasts from Las Vegas. Admission is $12.
Please read and sign our guestbook!
07-16-08 - We've received lots of emails over the last couple months asking about the statue of Benny Binion and lots of you think this should be covered. We agree. So here's a short page on The Benny Binion Statue, which in our opinion, should never have left downtown, especially to be displayed the way it is. What a shame.
Also, join us in the Arts District this Thursday to celebrate our very good friend Brian Paco Alvarez's exhibit which has recreated the amazing storm drains under Las Vegas and is based on the book by Matthew O'Brien and Danny Mollohan's book Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas. Matt will be speaking and signing copies of his book, and some of the drain dwellers will be on hand for an open panel discussion. This should be a great event!
Thursday, July 17th
The Arts Factory
101 E. Charleston Blvd
07-02-08 - Well, inside sources tell us that the Frontier sign has only a month or two left standing. Whether it will be dismantled and preserved (in part or in whole), or demolished has yet to be determined. Down at (hopefully) it's future home, the Neon Boneyard is taking on a great look with the La Concha lobby freshly painted and awaiting the installation of it's glass, as well as the rear building that will house the offices and workshops. The fences are back up at Nevada Landing along with a no trespassing sign. Apparently our last post brought out a lot of people searching for more remnants in the rubble.
Around town, there are some exciting events happening this weekend. Please join us at The Springs Reserve for Classic Las Vegas' monthly installation of Untold Stories: The Las Vegas Strip: The Early Years. Thursday, July 3rd. 7:00 p.m. Admission is $12. We hope to see many of you there!
Also, join us in the Arts District this Friday to celebrate our very good friend Brian Paco Alvarez's exhibit which has recreated the amazing storm drains under Las Vegas and is based on the book by Matthew O'Brien and Danny Mollohan's book Beneath the Neon: Life and Death in the Tunnels of Las Vegas. Please join us!
06-17-08 - Quite a few small updates today. After attending a historic preservation meeting in Boulder City with others groups and websites here in town, LeavingLV.net attended a BBQ at Dr. Lonnie Hammargren's house. Snapped a few photos of some pieces that he recently acquired from different places that have come down including The New Frontier, The Klondike, and Nevada Palace. Check out their respective pages to see what we found. Also updated the links page.
05-28-08 - Quite a few small updates today. After attending a historic preservation meeting in Boulder City with others groups and websites here in town, LeavingLV.net attended a BBQ at Dr. Lonnie Hammargren's house. Snapped a few photos of some pieces that he recently acquired from different places that have come down including The New Frontier, The Klondike, and Nevada Palace. Check out their respective pages to see what we found. Also updated the links page.
Also, we've got some exclusive prints up for bid on eBay. Click here to check them out and bid.
05-28-08 - Traveled out to Nevada Landing today and found something amazing that the demolition crews missed! Check out the Nevada Landing blog to see some photos we took today. The Alystra still sits in a pile. No other updates this time; boring for LeavingLV.net, but absolutely wonderful for our city, as it means we're not losing anything!
05-14-08 - As we sat in the Boulder City Depot at the Clark County Heritage Museum and listened to enthralling stories of Helldorado days past, just down the street The Alystra Casino & Restaurant was burning to the ground. Check out our new page for this forgotten property out in Henderson. We couldn't even count how many times we've driven past this abandoned casino and not given it a second though.
Helldorado is this Saturday and there are some VERY exciting events happening! Here's a schedule:
~~The Neon Boneyard will be open to the public for hourly tours from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for $5.00. Go check out the signs from our past and see the La Concha being brought back to life! [ Las Vegas Blvd. & McWilliams St. ]
~~ The Huntridge Theater will be open for hourly tours from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This is incredibly exciting as this classic art deco theater is in danger of being lost and this will be the first tour of the interior for nearly 5 years! [ Charleston Blvd. & Maryland Pkwy. ]
~~ The Morelli House will be open for free tours from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Morelli house is a prime example of Las Vegas architecture that once surrounded the Desert Inn Golf Course. It's been relocated across from the former Las Vegas High School (Now LVA). [ Bridger St. & 9th St. ]
~~The Springs Reserve will be hosting the Cultural History Fair from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to help promote preservation of our valley. Events will include a showing of home movies from Helldorados past, vintage documentation of the classic Las Vegas strip and all of the resorts noted here in all their glory, and much much more! Films start at 1:40 p.m. [ Valley View Blvd & Meadows Lane ]
~~The Helldorado Parade will start at 7:00 p.m. and will proceed down 4th Street from Gass to Stewart. Come down and have A HELL of a HELLDORADO with us!
05-10-08 - Greetings LeavingLV.net readers! After a brief hiatus we're back...with not a lot to report. We updated a couple pages with some photos of empty lots, namely The Frontier and The El Morocco. No new word on any properties closing soon or any other buildings in immediate danger of being lost. With that said...
As a change from our typically morbid content, we'd like to invite everyone to learn more about the people and society surrounding these places that we've come to love; the people who made the history. It's May and that means Helldorado's here on the 17th! For those of you not in the know, we invite you to attend a round table forum at the Clark County Heritage Museum this Tuesday, the 23rd, where you can meet and greet a great panel of historians and hear first person accounts of this great Las Vegas celebration. Presented by The Las Vegas News Bureau, the Clark County Museum and the FCLV's Classic Las Vegas Roadshow, it’s sure to be a treat and a great prelude to the parade and celebration on the 17th. Hope to see everyone there!
Tuesday, May 13th
Clark County Museum
1830 S Boulder Highway
And, while you're out there, pay a visit to the Candlelight Wedding Chapel which sits on the property awaiting restoration!
04-15-08 - Some last shots of the Nevada Landing property have been posted. LeavingLV.net would like to extend it's support and thoughts to our friends and others who have been laid off by MGM/Mirage.
04-10-08 - Braved the windy weather yesterday to bring you photos of the last of Nevada Landing way out in Jean. Also wanted to plug another blog/site: check out classiclasvegas.com. This is an absolutely wonderful site that has an incredible amount to offer historically and from a preservationist stand. More to come.
04-02-08 - Updated the Nevada Landing page with a few photos of the progress. The links page has also been updated.
03-26-08 - The long awaited photos of the Nevada Landing demolition have been posted. Very sad to see this place going, especially knowing the plans for the property. This was truely a unique place.
03-24-08 - Posted some photos of Nevada Palace taken on Saturday. Didn't take very long to bring it down! Sad :( Also visited Nevada Landing today. Demolition has progressed insanely fast. Really nothing left, just the front facade. Watch for our photos in a few days.
03-20-08 - We were there for the last hour of the Klondike's existance. Check out the photos.
03-18-08 - Two demolitions are moving at about the same pace at the moment. The Klondike is being taken down and will likely be gone by the end of next week. For those not familiar with it, check out the Klondike Page. If you've visited the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, you've seen the Klondike, although you may not have noticed it. Over at Nevada Palace, demolition has reached the end of the last motel building. The casino lights still run at night, but the casino itself will likely be gone by the end of the month. The El Morocco is a gaping hole. A sad end to a neat building. For those of you asking, nothing's happening with the Frontier property yet. It sits vacant, but the three signs are still standing, although there seemed to be some activity around the one on Industrial yesterday.
03-14-08 - Our front page picture is of the Stardust property. Echelon is really taking shape. The El Morocco is no more. All that's left is the core of the building which housed the count room behind the cage. The basement level where the vaults and employee areas were has been uncovered and will be filled in soon. More updates soon!
03-10-08 - Added some photos from the last week of the El Morocco demolition. Sadly there will be nothing left of this casino. The sign was last seen in the Yesco yard, just before many of the old signs which had been saved were scrapped for lack of room, prior to the neon boneyard. It's assumed this sign was scrapped with the others, therefore there will be no marker for this wonderful niche on the strip. Speaking of signs, also added a couple photos of the Nevada Palace sign at it's new resting place.
03-05-08 - The Nevada Palace sign came down on Monday morning and was transfered to the Neon Boneyard. As it made it's way down Boulder Highway, The El Morocco was being torn apart. Posted pictures of the sign. More photos of what's left of the wonderful peice of architecture that was The El Morocco to come soon.
03-02-08 - The El Morocco is on it's way down. Final demolition began on Friday. Posted some pictures. Also added a page for Nevada Palace which closed it's doors on Friday. Signage comes down soon, followed by the building, so check back for updates. No implosion here folks, sorry! Also posted video of Nevada Palace's final hours of operation. Check it out.
02-24-08 - Some nice news and some horrible news. The nice: The La Concha sign has finally been removed and is sitting on property waiting to be transferred to the Neon Boneyard where it will sit in repose until it's eventual restoration! The horrible news: The La Concha's neighbor, The El Morocco, is in it's final stages of demolition, nearly 15 years after it began. This is an incredible loss for our city not only historically, but architecturally. The El Morocco is often overlooked when studying Paul Revere William's masterpieces, which includes the La Concha. Drop by to say farewell within the next few days, and also check out the Peppermill next door, which may also (even though no one says it out loud) have it's days numbered.
02-22-08 - As requested, updated the Monte Carlo Fire Page with some pictures of the progress since the January 25th fire that closed the resort for three weeks. In another news, all scaffolding has been removed from the La Concha lobby at the Neon Boneyard and we've heard a very good rumor that the mural that once graced the wall behind the front desk will be restored!
02-20-08 - There are big elaborate plans slated to happen at the Moulin Rouge. The property will retain the name and renderings suggest perhaps the signage, but the property will definitely be cleared to make way for the new resort. As of now, it still sits abandoned. We've added more pictures of the tiny bit that's left of the property, little more than some tile and the footprint of the bar. Also, as requested by so many, we'll add a couple pictures to the Monte Carlo Fire page, showing the repairs thus far. Nevada Palace only has 9 days left. We stopped by today to scope it out. Still bustling with its normal clientele, but the table games are gone and the mood is lax. Those anxious for news about the Frontier sign still have to wait. We've heard nothing yet.
02-06-08 - After a short hiatus, we're back. We added a page for the El Morocco. Lots more historical photos coming soon, but for now, take a gander. It's a neat building. We've recieved a lot of emails asking about Nevada Palace out on Boulder Highway. The place will be closing on February 29th and we will have a small section for it. It has, afterall, been in continuous operation for 29 years now!
01-25-08 - Not exactly related to most of our content, but we have exclusive LeavingLV.net footage and photos taken today of the fire that broke out at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino.
01-23-08 - Added a short video of the Frontier sign and a few photos of The New Frontier property. Also updated the Barbary Coast page with a photo of what's left of the lettering in the Neon Boneyard.
01-15-08 - Lots of sign updates today! First off, some good news about the Frontier sign. The new owners of the property will be dismantling, not destroying it. It will be preserved, but in what shape, where, and when is not yet known. Down the street at the old La Concha site, the main part of the sign will be making its way to the Neon Museum/Boneyard very soon. It will be preserved and join the top part of its old appendage already laying in the boneyard. Lastly, as announced around the end of 2007, the Neon Museum will be restoring and displaying two ROTATING signs; the old Horseshoe marquee from above the main entrance and the Silver Slipper! The Silver Slipper has been a fixture on the Las Vegas strip since it first appeared in The Last Frontier Village. This is very exciting. The signs will be on display in the median near The Neon Museum on Las Vegas Blvd. North.
In other news, The La Concha Motel's neighbor, The El Morocco Motel, will be demolished soon. With these two Vegas staples gone, the Peppermill is sure to follow soon. Just down the street, the owners of the Greek Isles Casino have proposed redevelopment of the property, which would require implosion of the 1970 built hotel tower. Plans are still in beginning stages.
Lastly, work has been halted at Nevada Landing due to the slump in the housing market. A master-planned community by MGM/Mirage is supposed to be constructed on the site, but due to lack of viable market, all plans are on hold. Looks like, as predicted, Nevada Landing will be another abandoned resort that just sits and collects dust (and graffiti) for some time to come.
01-07-08 - Added a video of the final demolition at The New Frontier which happened on the third. Shot by LeavingLV.net contributer Greg Clarke who witnessed the demise of The Frontier Tower.
01-05-08 - The New Frontier is finished. Posted some pictures. LeavingLV.net is vegastripping.com's Best Blog for 2007! Thanks for all your support! It's good to know that so many of you check back daily to see what's going on/going DOWN here in Las Vegas!
01-02-08 - We start the new year with some great news and photos of preservation in town, rather than destruction. The La Concha lobby is being reassembled by The Neon Museum, while work continues downtown to rebuild and restore The Fifth Street School after the fire that gutted it in November. The Klondike did not succumb to the wreckers by it's appointed date, but instead was cleaned up and boarded up, suggesting reuse (although not likely). Photos and pages are up. As for The Moulin Rouge and Nevada Landing, still no activity!
Driving up the North end of the strip is sad yet fascinating as we pass all of these sites of our history and remember what was, but also marvel at what is being erected in their places. The Frontier is nearly gone while at the former Stardust site, rebar is going up, and further down the street where the El Rancho and Wet-N-Wild once stood, a new giant tower is rising very fast. Even at the site of the original El Rancho across from The Sahara, there's construction activity. Hope everyone has a great 2008!
12-31-07 - Happy New Years Eve everyone. Added some pictures of the practically vacant lot that was The New Frontier. Also some GREAT news! We were driving by the Neon Boneyard the other day and reassembly of the La Concha lobby as the entrance to the museum has begun! Pictures coming soon!
12-28-07 - Added a few pictures of The Frontier Tower early this morning.
12-26-07 - Got news today that the city has approved the restoration and display of two historic signs sitting in the neon bone yard. No word on which signs yet, but this is very exciting! The signs will be installed in the median on Las Vegas Boulevard somewhere between around where it intersects with Sahara. Updated with pictures of the first stages of The New Frontier's last tower being demolished.
12-22-07 - Posted a bunch of pictures from a very cold photo shoot at The New Frontier today. Demolition begins on The Frontier Tower very soon. Happy Holidays all!
12-19-07 - Work is almost done at The New Frontier. Posted a few pictures of what is left.
12-12-07 - Updated The New Frontier page with some photos. Thanks to everyone who's sent material pertaining to past Las Vegas resorts and properties. Keep it coming! Only 3 more days to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
12-05-07 - Not too much to report. Updated The New Frontier page. Finally working on pages for the Dunes and other casinos, as per so many requests and inquiries. No, really, we are. Please continue to send us material if you have any that you think would be of interest. Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
11-29-07 - We're in the middle of moving our office, so apologies to all who have received late replies to emails and such! Updated The New Frontier page. Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
11-21-07 - The New Frontier Page has been updated with a lot of pictures. Work is progressing fast! Also added a fun little discovery to the La Concha page. Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
11-14-07 - Updated The New Frontier page with some photos. Thanks for all the great emails and stuff guys! Also, let's try to keep the guestbook clean. I despise the direction Steve Wynn forced our city in just as much as the next local/native, but can we keep the bashing private? Kthanx :)
11-13-07 - The Atrium Tower is no more. Some pictures posted of the implosion and aftermath on The New Frontier page. Video coming later today.
11-12-07 9:00 p.m. - Fairwell Atrium Tower. Updated The New Frontier page with some photos. Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
11-12-07 2:15 a.m. - It's exactly 24 hours and 15 minutes until the tower comes down. Updated The New Frontier page with some photos. Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
11-8-07 - As promised, posted some photos on The New Frontier page of the Lanai Tower coming down last night. Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet! Also, add us on Myspace! http://www.myspace.com/leavinglvnet It's pretty ghetto right now, but give it time!
11-7-07 - A LeavingLV.net exclusive look into the The New Frontier demolition. Added a few photographs. Major demolition began today for the Lanai Tower. More photos coming tomorrow. The implosion is less than a week away! Don't forget to vote for us on vegastripping.com if you haven't yet!
11-1-07 - A new page has gone up to explain why the Frontier is a significant part of Vegas' history, in case anyone was wondering, and can be found here: The New Frontier. Updated The New Frontier Demolition Photo Journal with some photos and some information that everyone's been asking about, straight from Clauss Construction. Also added a couple new websites to the Links page. Check them out. Today marks the one year anniversary of the closing of the Stardust. Thirteen days until the implosion of the Atrium Tower!
10-26-07 - ALERT: The New Frontier implosion has been confirmed: Tuesday, November 13th 2:00 a.m. Updated the page too. Also, this past week brought about the demise of The Sands in Atlantic City. Another LVI demolition. Quite a show, which mirrored the Stardust implosion, countdown and all. Fairwell Sands AC!
10-17-07 - Updated the Moulin Rouge page with a few photos and a short history. Check this place out, it's actually very historically significant. Also updated The New Frontier page. More to come on the Klondike soon.
10-12-07 - A few things to report this week. The New Frontier page has been updated with some photos of the progress thus far. Also, news about the Klondike and Moulin Rouge has emerged. Both, it seems, have run out of time. Pages coming soon. And guess what! Voting's still open at Vegastripping.com. You know what to do.
10-03-07 - More pictures on The New Frontier page. Voting's still on at Vegastripping.com. Don't forget to vote for LeavingLV.net! You can vote as many times as you want
9-27-07 - The New Frontier page has some new photos. Voting's still on at Vegastripping.com. Don't forget to vote for LeavingLV.net! You can vote as many times as you want!
9-19-07 - Updated The New Frontier page with quite a few photos. Voting's still on at Vegastripping.com. Don't forget to vote for LeavingLV.net! You can vote as many times as you want!
9-13-07 - It begins. Updated The New Frontier page with photos of the start of the Atrium Tower demolition. Voting's still on at Vegastripping.com. Don't forget to vote for LeavingLV.net!
9-7-07 - Updated The New Frontier page with some photos and information. Also, everyone, please go to Vegastripping.com and vote for your favorites and least favorites in Vegas, and be sure to vote for LeavingLV.net for your favorite vegas website or blog! Thanks for the continued support everyone!!!
9-5-07 - A few photos added to The New Frontier page. New layout coming soon.
8-28-07 - Quite a few updates today. Updated both the Nevada Landing and The New Frontier pages. Also added a couple photos to the Stardust page. The links page has a couple new links on it. Look for a message board/discussion group to be added soon. Your emails and entries in our guestbook are overwhelming (in a good way!) and we think there should be a way for all of you to communicate!
8-21-07 - Updated The New Frontier page with a few photos. The rumor going around the internet and the different circles here in Vegas is that the towers will be imploded Tuesday, November 13, 2007 at or around 2:00 a.m. Sources seem to be quite reliable. Whether it will be all three hotel wings, or just the Atrium tower is yet to be known.
8-14-07 - Updated The New Frontier page with a few photographs.
8-10-07 - Updated the Nevada Landing page with a few pictures. Keep signing the guestbook guys! It's getting a lot of feedback from a lot of different people who read it. Your stories and thoughts are read world wide and get lots of responses in my inbox!
7-27-07 - The New Frontier is done. Game over. Auction's over, offices are cleared, and pictures are posted! Check them out. Demolition starts in two weeks. It was great seeing everyone there, as well as meeting new people, and we'd like to say hi to all of you! Also updated the Links page. Check those out too.
7-25-07 - The New Frontier auction preview is today. From the Casino cage and whole hotel rooms to table games and The Orchard, everything's up for bid and everything must go before demolition of the ground level buildings, which include the casino floor, begins in two weeks. Hope to see some familiar faces from the Stardust and Nevada Landing auctions!
7-18-07 - Over 100 pictures of the last two nights at the New Frontier. The auction for it's furniture and fittings is on the 26th. A last chance to be on property. As soon as the last of the pieces are picked up on the first of the month, the bulldozers move in. Nevada Landing will also begin demolition next week. It's going to be busy around here, so keep checking back! Also, still working on some pages for The Klondike which will also, finally, be demolished soon. Also added a backlog of LeavingLV.net Photos that have been featured on the homepage, as requested by so many of you!
7-17-07 - No real updates. Just returned from Jean and the Nevada Landing auction. It was very sad watching everything go piece by piece and get scattered to the winds, but i was a pleasure meeting so many of you face to face! New Frontier pictures should be up this evening. Check back!
7-16-07 - Added a video of the closing of the New Frontier. Also added a video and LOTS of pictures to the Nevada Landing page. Lots of updates coming soon. Keep checking back, and sign the guestbook guys!
7-15-07 - Tonight's the night. After 65 years, The New Frontier Hotel & Casino closes at midnight. Look for pictures in the following days. The auction for it's fittings and furnishings will be on the 26th, and demolition will begin mid-August. The Nevada Landing auction preview is tomorrow morning. See you there!
7-11-07 - LIVE! From the New Frontier Hotel & Casino! Well not really, but I've just returned from two nights in the Atrium tower at the Frontier and had a great time. Updated The New Frontier Demolition Photo Journal. It's closing Friday, get there while you can! In other news, the Nevada Landing auction is July 17th.
7-6-07 - Updated The New Frontier Demolition Journal with some timeline photos. More to come! If anyone has photographs or postcards of the Frontier from the 40's-90's, please email us!
7-3-07- Well all signs of the Stardust are gone, literally. The low marquee and south end sign have disappeared, as well as the street level sign off of Industrial at the rear of the property. Echelon has broken ground and a mountain of rubble that consists of what was the two towers is being crushed on property to be used in construction. Pictures coming soon! Also, look for pictures to start popping up on The New Frontier journal, and a page for the Klondike Casino/Motel at the south end of the strip!
6-13-07 - A date has been announced for the closing of The New Frontier. July 15, 2007 at midnight. Sad. :(
5-18-07 - Updated the Nevada Landing page with a couple pictures. Also added a page for the Coney Island Emporium at New York New York. Check it out. Also added a page that will soon become The New Frontier Demolition Photo Journal.
5-17-07 - The New Frontier will close in 60 days. Demolition is set for fall of 2007 and implosion of the 16 story Atrium Tower is set for early 2008. This is the longest standing resort on the strip, although none of the original structure exists. Lots of history here. Demolition Journal and New Frontier Page coming soon. Very sad.
5-16-07- ALERT: Well it's finally happened. The New Frontier Hotel/Casino has been sold and plans are underway to demolish it.
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Another massive development is in the works for the Las Vegas Strip as the owner of New York's famed Plaza Hotel said Wednesday that it has bought a site it intends to turn into a $5 billion hotel-casino, residential and retail center.
Elad Group, which is controlled by Israeli real estate billionaire Yitzhak Tshuva, plans to tear down the New Frontier Hotel & Casino and rebuild on the 34.5 acre site, to be named the Las Vegas Plaza.
"Though planning is in the early stages, The Plaza in Las Vegas will introduce the classical elegance and grandeur of the storied New York landmark to The Strip," said Miki Naftali, president of Elad, in the announcement.
The site is across from Wynn Las Vegas near the north end of the Strip. Elad said the development will feature a "six-diamond" hotel along with private residences, a retail mall, casino, restaurants and convention space.
Demolition of the New Frontier will begin early next year with an official opening set for 2011.
5-9-07 - Updated the Stardust Photo Journal with a few pictures and a video clip of the last building on property coming down.
5-8-07 - Added part 2 of the Nevada Landing photos. We'll be making trips out weekly to check the progress, so check back often to watch her slip into history!
5-5-07 -We've linked the new Nevada Landing Demolition Photo Journal on the Demolitions Page. Part 1 is a collection of some exterior shots. Part 2 will be interior. Rumors still abound about the Tropicanna. One of the first renderings has been released and can be found on vegastodayandtomorrow.com. More to come soon!
5-3-07 -Updated the Stardust Photo Journal with some pictures of the ongoing cleanup. Also, look for a Demolition Photo Journal of the Nevada Landing Hotel/Casino to be popping up within the next few days!
3-28-07 - Added some pictures of the new Bill's Gamblin' Hall signs on the Barbary Coast page. They look very generic, and don't really do anything. No flashy lights, no moving pictures, which just adds to the speculation that they won't be putting much more effort into this place and it will most likely be getting a Demolition Photo Journal in the near future.
3-24-07 - After a much needed vacation, were back and ready to go! Lots of rumors floating around the valley surrounding the sale of the New Frontier and the closing, demolition, and rebuild of the Tropicana. Nevada landing closes next month and the re-branding of Barbary Coast as Bill's is nearly complete. Heard a rumor somewhere that the old El Morocco lobby and Casino, now a gift shop, that sits next to the Peppermill may soon be on the block. Also starting to work on gathering information and photographs of casinos that have already gone, such as the Holiday Inn/Boardwalk, the Landmark, the Sands, etc. Be on the look out!
3-16-07 - Updated the Hotel/Casinos page with a page for the Stardust including an abbreviated illustrated history. The photo journal of the Stardust will still be linked in the Demolitions page for future reference.
3-15-07 - Added some implosion pictures and aftermath pictures to the Stardust page. Will be working on another wonderful piece of Las Vegas history soon, The Landmark, which stood just down the street from the Stardust. Marc Wagner, who owns and operates the Landmark Tribute Page is looking for anyone who worked or is associated with the property to interview and network with. Please visit his wonderful site and email him if you can help!
3-14-07 - Added a couple pictures to the Candlelight Chapel page. The sign has recently resurfaced. Also, check out the quote in the New York Times article, sweeeeet. Also, any publicity is good publicity, right? So if you run across the website belittling my efforts, feel free to leave them a nasty comment, because that's how we roll. I won't even give the loser the privilege of being linked on my page, but I've gotten lots of hits from his! Ha ha.
3-13-07 - The towers came down at 2:33 this morning. Posted photographs on the Stardust page prior and after to the implosion, as well as a video of the entire fireworks display, implosion, and aftermath. Also added a tribute video I put together at the top of the homepage and on the Stardust page. Enjoy.
3-12-07 - Watch for an interview with Joel on Fox 5 News in the morning on Tuesday morning, from the Stardust implosion!
3-11-07 - Updated with some last photographs and one BEAUTIFUL photo of the west tower under construction at the Stardust. The countdown is on. The hotel towers have one day remaining in this world. Be sure to drive over and see what was once (in my opinion) one of the most beautiful towers on the strip. See you all at 2:00 a.m. on Tuesday.
3-10-07 - Added a video and some pictures of the removal of the Barbary Coast sign.
3-9-07 - In an attempt to get more content on this site, I've started a Barbary Coast page. This really is a beautiful hotel/casino on the strip, and it's a shame that it's future is very uncertain at this point.
3-8-07 - Updated the Stardust page with pictures of some suggested viewing areas. Also added some pictures of the La Concha Motel lobby in it's temporary home in the neon sign boneyard.
3-7-07 - Added another video to the Desert Inn parking garage implosion page, shot from the Frontier parking lot by a leavinglv.net viewer. Also added pictures of the Candlelight Chapel in it's new home.
3-6-07 - Added a page for the demolition of the Desert Inn parking garage at the Wynn, this morning at 2:30 a.m. What a great crowd, it was nice meeting some of you there! Stopped by Barbary Coast to watch them remove the signs on my way home. That page will be up soon, so keep looking!
3-5-07 - ALERT: STARDUST IMPLOSION DATE NOW TUESDAY MARCH 13, 2007 at or around 2:00 a.m. Updated the Stardust page.
3-3-07 - Added a La Concha section on the Motels Page and The Candlelight Wedding Chapel to the Attractions Page, to be worked on in the next couple days. If anyone has any photos of La Concha or Candlelight Wedding Chapel they'd like to donate, please email us!
3-1-07 - Updated the Stardust page.
2-26-07 - Site overhaul. Look for new pages and new photographs very soon. Updated the Stardust page.
2-15-07 - Alright, added more pictures to the Stardust page. More pages will be going up in the very near future. I'm working on the La Concha/El Morocco, The Barbary Coast, The Frontier, and will be making a trip out to Jean to take some pictures of Nevada Landing, one of my favorite campy places which will be closing at the end of the month. Lastly, I've added a donation button at the bottom of this and several other pages. This site is incredibly time consuming and takes A LOT of bandwidth, and that's not free! If you feel so inclined, please help out with our web costs by clicking the paypal button at the bottom. Thanks so much for all the support and continue to feel free to contact me. I love hearing from all of you.
1-24-07 - Hey guy! As of now I've only got the Stardust page up. I wanted to rush it onto the net since she's being torn apart even as I type these words. So check out the demolitions page. There's lots more to come as well! I have a whole library of pictures and articles to get up here, so keep checking back. Thanks for reading and caring. Also, check out the links page for some other great websites.
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