Last time I posted this photo courtesy of @classiclasvegas. The photo is an aerial shot of the Strip, largely the west side of the Strip, from just north of The Mirage. Of course, the Mirage had just opened a couple of years earlier.
My challenge to you was to find/list/share interesting things from the photo. Here are some things I found:
- The old Dunes golf course where Bellagio, CityCenter, Monte Carlo and T-Mobile Arena are now.
- In the very bottom of the photo, there is just a parking lot for The Mirage, where TI (Treasure Island) stands now. I remember parking in that vast lot (which extended past the photo all the way to Spring Mountain Road).
- There are not one but two temporary outdoor arenas in this photo. The classic Caesars Palace arena where they did major boxing matches and tennis matches. But when The Mirage opened, Steve Wynn had the goal to take a big chunk of that business. The one at Caesars kept getting encroached on by new hotel towers (see next bullet) and larger pools and parking garages. The one at The Mirage got overrun by a bigger convention center.
- Caesars Palace has evolved so much – even at this point it was much bigger than when it opened; but look at all that has happened since this photo:
- No more Omnimax (do you remember the Omnimax???), now it’s the Colosseum;
- I don’t see the Forum Shops in this photo.
- The Augustus and Octavius towers were both built after this photo.
- The MGM Grand is not yet a reality. You can see the Marina Hotel in the top left of the photo, which was retained as part of the MGM Grand (the West Wing), and behind that is the old Tropicana golf course. How ironic that after 26 years of development, and a theme park (oh my gosh, we had a real-life theme park in Las Vegas!!), we are back to using that land for golf, in a slightly different form as TopGolf.
- Look at the median of Las Vegas Boulevard – there were a lot less lanes and much more “stuff” in the median.
- On the far left you can see the Aladdin Theater for the Performing Arts, now the AXIS at Planet Hollywood.
- Farther south, no Luxor or Mandalay Bay yet.
- Something is getting built near Harrah’s and the Imperial Palace (now Linq), I’m not sure what it is.
I’m sure I’m missing a bunch, but what a great way to realize how much Las Vegas has grown and adapted over time.