Why history has no place on the strip

Each year the Las Vegas strip (S Las Vegas Boulevard) continues to set records for the price of land. Its no wonder that you have a hard time finding any buildings that are over 30 years old still standing. But, when it comes to gaming properties, you have to adjust that figure even lower. Here is a brief time line going back two years of the number of casino/resorts that were demolished:

  • The Castaways January '06 (on Boulder Highway)
  • Bourbon Street February '06
  • The Boardwalk May '06 (to make room for CityCenter on the strip)
  • The Stardust March '07
  • The New Frontier November '07

Possibly on the chopping block:

  • The Tropicana (ancient by Las Vegas standards and bought up last year)
  • Sahara

Currently remodeling/adding to the property:

  • Caeasar's Palace
  • Luxor
  • Wynn Las Vegas

Sadly, a lot of history has been erased. Some of the old Vegas showrooms saw performances by Elvis, the Rat Pack, Johnny Carson, Rodney Dangerfield and many, many other legendary performers. Makes you wonder if the price of progress is to steep. Looking for more of the same? Check out some vintage Vegas.

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