Las Vegas, old school cool

Wednesday 4th July, 2018

We drove back to Las Vegas first thing this morning and dropped off the hire car around lunchtime. 

After the serenity of Williams and the Grand Canyon, the noise of The Strip didn’t appeal all that much, so we caught an Uber to Fremont Street – the old part of Vegas. 

The Fremont East Entertainment District

The coolest part of Las Vegas by far. It was less busy than ‘The Strip’ but this part of Las Vegas was and can be considered Las Vegas’ original strip.

“Back then, Fremont Street was known as “Glitter Gulch” thanks to the profusion of bright lights and neon signs, all powered by the electricity from the newly finished Hoover Dam.”

The Golden Nugget

The very cool interior of The Golden Nugget casino makes you feel like you’ve stepped straight back into 1973. The actual gold nugget was found on November 9, 1975 near Bendigo in Victoria.

It weighs in at 1,897 troy ounces (just over 59kg) and would be worth $5,152,878 AUD as at 02/02/2023 ($2,716.33 per troy ounce)

The western end of Fremont Street

“The western end of Fremont Street was the representative scene for Las Vegas that was included in virtually every television show and movie that wanted to depict the glittery lights of Las Vegas.

The abundance of neon signs, like cowboy Vegas Vic, earned the street the nickname of ‘Glitter Gulch'”.

I had a bit of a moment this afternoon due to the heat. It was over 40° C with no humidity and I overheated badly, got a bit dizzy and needed refuge from the sun. We went back to one of the air-conditioned casinos so I could cool down a bit.

We Ubered back to the main strip, picked up our bags and headed for the airport.

Leaving Las Vegas

Even the airport has slot machines…

Heading for New York
Trip progress
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