Thursday, May 17, 2007

Goodbye old friend

Another loss in Vintage Vegas. One of the most beloved hotels in the world has lost the battle over progress. I am OUTRAGED! I understand that we must have progress, but lets keep the old and add the new, We would not be anywhere without our past. I don't feel destroying all the former glory of Vegas is a healthy idea. All that we have left of Vintage Vegas is our homes and neighborhoods. After my visit at The Frontier I got a sense of excitement from the various employees ( not the normal reaction from a closing casino staff) one employee said "The construction of the former Stardust and the Frontier will open the new North end of the strip and then Las Vegas can comfortably host the (almost) 40 million tourists each year"

The Review Journal Said.....

The property originally opened in 1942 as the Hotel Last Frontier and renamed the New Frontier in 1955. Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes bought the property for $14 million in 1967 and dropped "New" from the hotel's title. The Frontier was controlled by the Summa Corp. before it was purchased by the Elardi family. Ruffin added the "New" back to the name.
The New Frontier launched the Las Vegas career of Elvis Presley, who played his first-ever show at the casino on April 23, 1956. The Frontier was the site of the final performance of Diana Ross and The Supremes on Jan. 14, 1970.
Magicians Siegfried and Roy had a seven-year run at the Frontier starting in 1981 in "Beyond Belief." The show racked up 3,500 performances for more than 3 million showgoers before the duo signed a $57.5 million deal with casino developer Steve Wynn to perform at The Mirage.
More recently, the New Frontier has been known as the home of Gilley's Saloon and Dance Hall, which features bikini bull riding three nights a week and live mud wrestling twice a week."