Friday, July 12, 2019

On Fremont Street


In late June Terry and I were off to Fremont Street in Downtown Las Vegas,
a destination we enjoy much more than the famous Strip.


Catching the Train to Denver International Airport
Gateway Park Station
Aurora, CO U.S.A.
June, 2019
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It's not that the Strip isn't fabulous.
It's more that Fremont Street is human-sized.
You can easily walk from one end to the other, absorbing all the sights.

A Downtown Take on a Famous Sign
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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On Fremont Street, you never know what you might see.
Day or night, round the clock, it's a never-ending show,
a parade of humanity for avid people watchers. 

 
Mid-Morning on Fremont
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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The oldest continuously operated hotel in Las Vegas opened
at the southeast corner of Main and Fremont streets in 1906.
Today that hotel is known as the Golden Gate Hotel, 
but it opened back then to rave reviews as the Nevada Hotel. 

The hotel replaced a tent hostelry and was renowned
for its luxurious accommodations and the best food in Las Vegas.
It boasted electrical lighting and the first telephone installed in the city.
Telephone number?  "1" ~ Of course!
Room and board cost $1.00 per day.
Sources:  over50vegas  and a label on the photo in the Golden Gate Hotel lobby

Hotel Nevada, 1906
The original photo is displayed in the lobby of the Golden Gate Hotel

The hotel's owner John F. Miller is sitting in the carriage.
The woman in the upstairs window is thought to be Rosa who became Miller's wife. 



I'm betting that John, Rosa, and the others in the photo
could never have envisioned the corner of Main and Fremont today. 


One Hundred and Thirteen Years Later
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Vegas Vic has been welcoming people to Fremont Street since 1951.


Vegas Vic
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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The action on Fremont Street is creeping beyond the canopy,
with new restaurants and attractions drawing visitors eastward.


A New Pizza Joint
East Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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 A wild party scene can be replaced in a few hours
by something completely different.


A vet sells woven crosses and bouquets
as crowds party on.
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Massive Booms and Construction Workers
Replacing the Canopy
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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If you spend several days roaming Fremont Street,
you begin to recognize the regulars: panhandlers, entertainers,
artists, kiosk salespeople, buskers, and security guards.


A Regular with His Beer and a Selection of Signs
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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An Artist at Work
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Talented Buskers
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Chippendales for the Ladies
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Millions of visitors have come to Fremont Street since December 14, 1995
to see the Fremont Street Experience on the world's biggest video screen.

Multiple times a night, the spectacular light shows have lit up 
the 1,367 foot long canopy with an explosion of movement and color,
accompanied by music on a state-of-the-art, concert-quality sound system.

Currently the Viva Vision canopy is undergoing a $32 million renovation,
its second upgrade since the Fremont Street Experience opened in 1995.
This explains much of the heavy equipment and construction workers 
who crowd portions of Fremont Street in the late night and early morning hours.
Source:  vegasexperience

Under Construction
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Under Construction
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Adding New Sections of Canopy
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Move 'Em in.  Move 'Em Out.
A Huge Daily Task
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Entertainment is abundant and loud.
Terry always brings earplugs and requests a room away from Fremont Street.
Many's the night I've fallen asleep to the throb of base amplifiers on Fremont Street.


Guitarist, Rock Steady LV Band
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Carl Ferris
Playing His Sax for 20 Years on Fremont Street
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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A Singer Belts It Out
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Lead Singer, Rock Steady LV Band
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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All the lights, sounds, and action can grind me down,
but I always return for more fun on Fremont Street.



Good Buds, Jon and Terry,
Getting Some Coney Island Dogs
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Not for the Faint of Heart
Slotzilla Zipline
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Coming in for a Landing
Slotzilla Zipline
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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The Weavers
Fashioning Crosses and Flowers to Sell
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Construction Site Temporary Casino
for the Circa Resort & Casino,
Currently Under Construction
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Huge speakers provide sound under the canopy.
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Waiting for the Crosswalk Light
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Posing for a Photo
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Terry, a Happy Winner
Fremont Street
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.
June, 2019
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Till next time ~
Fundy Blue


On the Chad and Sisters Two
On the Bay of Fundy
Out of Westport, Brier Island, Nova Scotia, Canada
July, 2018
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Note:
A word to the wise:  Fremont Street is fun and entertaining,
but it also has an ugly and unsettling side.
I've chosen to share photos of the gentler side of Fremont Street.


For Map Lovers Like Me:
Location of Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.A.





Location of Fremont Street





Location of Fremont Street




The Fremont Street Experience Canopy







41 comments:

  1. Wow, those ladies were a tad exposed!
    Last time I was in Vegas, there was no canopy, so we really need to make a visit.

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    1. Happy Friday, Alex! I've been going to Vegas since August 1973 ~ countless times. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at likely ending up living in the area. Talk about change over 46 years! Yes, those ladies were exposed; that's why I took them from the back! That's tame! There are more salacious sights, but I made a deliberate choice not to photograph and publish those. Have a good one!

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  2. Bright lights, big city! glad you had fun!

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I've always had fun in Vegas. It's such a demanding and sensory-overloading environment that it cleared my head time after time, and I could get a real break from my teaching and union work. I sleep like a baby there for eight to ten hours a day. Have a great weekend!

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  3. It’s been years since I was on Fremont Street, but did stay there a number of time when I lived in Utah (winter getaway). I also remember getting off Amtak (when it ran from LA to Salt Lake and connected to the Zephyr to go to Chicago) and staying in the Union Plaza.

    www.thepulpitandthepen.com

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    1. Hi, Sage! I'm sad about all the passenger trains that have disappeared. I always enjoyed riding on them. I've stayed at the Union Plaza a number of times. Once we had a room that looked straight down the canopy on Fremont Street. A light show featuring fighter jets had a stream of thundering jets flying straight at us, jet after jet, after jet. I'll never forget the roar of the engines and the sight of the jets which was technologically advanced for the time. Wishing you a great weekend!

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  4. Hi Louise :) Thanks for sharing, such great photos! I will never get to Vegas...part of me would love to see all the sights, but part of me thinks there are way too many people there, though I liked seeing the Chippendales lol! ;) I would NEVER do that zip line, my gosh that's TOO HIGH!!! I liked reading about the old Nevada hotel too. Actually that photo of Rosa...I could turn that into one of my creepy paintings lol!

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    1. Thanks, Rain! I'm so glad that you enjoyed the photos! It was well after 3:00 am before I finished my post last night, but knowing that even one person enjoyed my photos makes the late hours of work worth it. Over 500 posts in, and I still wildly underestimate how long it takes me to do a post. Life would be so much easier if I wasn't a perfectionist! LOL I've actually done the lower zip line, but not the high one. I really want to. I've been working up my courage. I'd love to see you turn Rosa into a creepy painting, and I'd love to see the finished painting! LOL I hope you and Alex have a great weekend!

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    2. I commend you on the zip line! And yes, I will turn Rosa into a painting, I'll let you know when I have it done! I may have to wait for October to get my spook-juices flowing lol! ;)

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  5. I loved all the photos. It's changed so much. We're going back to Vegas for our 30 year anniversary in a couple years (we honeymooned there) and I can't wait to see it.

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    1. Thanks, Diane! I can't believe how much the city has changed, even though I've watched those changes develop over decades. I'm sure that you and your husband will have fun. If you're going in one of the cooler months, I highly recommend visiting Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area just west of Las Vegas. Even on hot days, the scenic drive is beautiful. There's lots of hiking and awesome geology to see. Enjoy your weekend!

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  6. A dollar a day for accommodations even a poor starving author could afford lol need to invent time travel.

    Great shots indeed. The ziplining would be fun. Would be interesting to people watch for a while indeed. The earplugs must be a necessity if you want any sleep in a hotel near there though.

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    1. Hey, Pat! I'm trying to work up the courage to do the Slotzilla zipline. Maybe this next few days on Fremont Street. I've got to quit threatening and actually do it! LOL "A Not So New World" arrived in yesterday's mail. Fortunately, I picked up the mail and was able to sneak the package into the house. This, as I'm trying to streamline my library in case we move. LOL Have a great weekend!

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    2. lol do the ziplining, only live once. Good luck with that streamlining lol

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    3. Thanks, Pat! Guaranteed, if I do the Slotzilla biplane, I'll be posting photos!

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  7. I hope to see Vegas one day.

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    1. I hope you do get to see Vegas, Adam! I hope that you and Daisy are enjoying the weekend!

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  8. Ah this was quite a brief trip dear Louise

    thank you sooo much for sharing the world famous street

    in movies when characters mention they are going to Lass Vegas their eyes and gestures seem provoking to take one lol

    i so enjoyed the wonderful photos and your lovely commentary
    but on the last your word to wise clam my enthusiasm and i read the line thrice to make sure what it is saying

    wining in games during such fun visits always become a delightful memory :)

    YOU ARE LOOKING SO GORGEOUS IN FIRST IMAGE :)
    hugs!

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    1. Hi, Baili! You always lift my spirits! I'm slowing losing weight, so I'm pleased with my photo. It's the only one of me from the entire trip. I'm too busy being the photographer! Big hugs to you!

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  9. Dear Beautiful Louise, thanks for the superb photo-update on Fremont Street. It's so full of life and fun --but I shall wait until my deafness worsens before visiting. However, the energy and vitality you have captured makes me consider earplugs and an accelerated trip there. My sister, Minnie --a Southern Californian-- drives to Vegas regularly to meet up with her friends but she never takes photos. Thanks for filling that gap!

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    1. Thank you, Geo! I really appreciate your kind words about my photos. I have so much fun taking them and sharing them. I hope that you and Norma are doing well!

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  10. Great photos of the Vegas Strip etc etc. They are excellent.
    It is a favourite visiting place for Aussies - the LOUD variety, ha ha.
    I must preferred Reno and Lake Tahoe when I visited that area.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. oops - MUCH PREFERRED.
      Colin

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    2. Hi, Colin! What a nice surprise to see you! Any Aussies that I have met have always been fun, loud or otherwise. I've been to both Reno and Lake Tahoe, and they are beautiful ~ with lots of history as well. Take care!

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  11. I've never been to Vegas and don't care to go, but I rather like the looks of the two Chippendales.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. LOL ~ I rather liked the two Chippendales as well, Janie! Hugs to you!

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  12. I have been to Las Vegas once in my life, but never have I visited this street! Why didn't I? LOL! Great photos! What an amazing experience!! Big Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! Fremont Street is a fun break from the Strip which can be overwhelming. I have no idea how many times I've been to Vegas. Certainly dozens of times since my first visit in August of 1973. Big hugs back at you!

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  13. I really enjoyed our trek down Fremont Street. We went at night when there were a few more unsavory characters, but we never felt unsafe. My girls were highly amused by some of the more adult costumes, but we all enjoyed the lights and such. Unfortunately, the zip line was already full for the night so we couldn't ride, but we were able to to the Stratosphere rides before leaving Vegas, so it wasn't a complete loss.

    Congrats to Terry on his winning!

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