Thursday, November 29, 2007

Las Vegas - Wedding Chapel (Jim Johnson Nostalgia Series #1)

In October I received a collection of photos from Jim Johnson, a fan of this blog. With his permission I will be using some of those photos in what I am calling The Jim Johnson Nostalgia Series.

For item #1 of this series, I have selected a photo which contains elements of a beginning and hope, and good fortune; the wedding chapel which was located just north of The Riviera.

The Algiers used to be north of the chapel. Now, both are gone.

Actually the church has been relocated, but I do not know where.

Boulder Highway - Sams Town

A view of Boulder Highway in the area of Sam's Town.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Answer To Abandoned Balcony - Where In Las Vegas

This is the Las Vegas building which I referred to two posts ago (abandoned balcony). It is between The Peppermill restaurant and The Riviera casino, on Las Vegas Boulevard.

It was either La Concha or El Morocco. Technically I am not sure, and haven't the time to verify it.

I was surprised to see that the building is still standing, in abandoned condition.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Frontier Demolition (North Side)

This shot which I took on 14 November 2007 shows the north side of The Frontier being demolished. [The north side is the side which faced The Stardust.]

[Photo taken approximately 32 hours after the implosion of the main building.]

Where In Las Vegas - Abandoned Balcony

Another exciting blog post of:

Where In Las Vegas ?

Where is this abandoned balcony?

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Where In Las Vegas - FILMS EVELOPED

Although the location was correctly guessed (see comments of previous post), perhaps this wider photo will make more clear, the location of the old sign.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Frontier - After The Implosion

Some very recent shots of The Frontier as of one and a half days following the implosion.

Frontier Aftermath - The Front View

The buildings which surrounded the main hotel tower of The Frontier are almost all still standing. (The ex-presidential suite building in the rear is gone.)

Looking at The Frontier from across the street at Wynn, it is easy to forget precisely where the main hotel building stood. Someone visiting for the first time would not be aware that a building was missing.

These photos show the front view of The Frontier as it looked yesterday, less than 12 hours following the implosion.

What is taking so long? I have no idea.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Frontier Implosion Aftermath

Here is the first daylight look at The Frontier, following the implosion. I took these photos approximately 10 or 11 hours after the implosion.

The shorter buildings which surrounded the main hotel tower are still standing. From the front, a person who did not know that a larger tower was there, would not suspect that anything was missing.

I will likely get to posting those front view photos tomorrow. One can actually see right through the rooms, to the hallway, and to the rooms on the other side. They are not furnished, but the classic Frontier doors remain.

Frontier Implosion Fireworks

It is odd waking up early and doing a short drive to photograph an implosion at 230 AM. It is especially odd having done it a few times. Although it is the same implosion and fireworks whether one is visiting or living here, there is something about the living here which alters the perception of the event. After the event I feel as if I should be returning to a hotel room, but instead I return home.

That is okay though.

Frontier Implosion - Smoke

Four shots of the smoke and dust after the implosion of The Frontier.

Frontier - The Implosion

Sequence of shots I took of the implosion of The Frontier in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Frontier Imploded Series (Day Before Group)

Here are several views of The Frontier as I photographed it on Monday 12 November 2007, half a day before the early morning implosion.

Frontier Imploded

The Frontier has been imploded. I filmed and photographed it from Las Vegas Boulevard and Cathedral Way; the 3rd implosion I have attended at that intersection this year. [Wynn Garage, Stardust, Frontier]

There was a good fireworks show before the implosion.

When the implosion finally came, the north side of the tower blew out first, shooting plumes of smoke horizontally from the middle floors. Then the building collapsed from that side to the south side.

The area near StripBurger was heavily smoked and covered with dust.

More to come as time permits, including final daylight shots.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Las Vegas - Frontier Implosion In 25 1/2 Hours

Apparently The Frontier will be imploded in little more than a day. These photos, 12 hours old, show why I didn't think the implosion would be ready for the 13th.

I still don't think they are ready. I just don't think they care. Ready or not, The Frontier will be imploded in little more than a day.

Friday, November 9, 2007

Frontier Implosion - T Minus 90 Hours (or so they say)

Supposedly in the early hours of 13 November 2007 The Frontier will be imploded (0230 hrs.).

I have voiced my disbelief that it will happen on that date.

The building still has glass in place, and to my untrained eyes the area still looks like a mess. Imploding the building the way it looks now, seems too soon; the pre-implosion gutting and cleanup does not seem to be done.

Perhaps as with the Wynn garage implosion, there will be a giant tarp covering the entire Frontier for the implosion.

If not, ???

I will be at the implosion.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Stardust - Final Morning - Evel Knievel

From the final morning of The Stardust being open for business, this shot taken near the main entrance. Evel Knievel slots with out of service already lit up and tagged on the machines.

Saturday, November 3, 2007

Remembering The Stardust

The final craps roll at The Stardust - from the morning of 1 November 2006.

[reference LLLS :)]