And inside, alongside rows and rows of candy, we found postcards. And amongst the postcards of Death Valley and "wild burrows" (sic) we found this one of Vegasthe only one of the Las Vegas Strip.
Ahh, the iconic Las Vegas Strip. Stuffed with all those iconic hotels like MGM Grand, Wynn, Caesars Palace... or, um, according to this postcard, the New Frontier, Stardust, Desert Inn and the Colonial House. That would be, the New Frontier which closed in 1997, the Stardust (closed 1996), Desert Inn (closed 2000) and the Colonial House which we'd never heard of but, according to Flickr, was demolished in the 1980s. So we're thinking this must be a photo from the 70s.
Still, it's nice to see the north end of the Strip so populated. Right now, you've got the Trump in place of the New Frontier, Wynn sprawling over the old Desert Inn/Colonial House site and a big patch of undeveloped land opposite the Peppermill restaurant in the Stardust's old place. The Riviera, which you can see in the picture, is a pit that gave us bedbugs the one night we stayed there, and the Sahara7#151;which you can just make out at the top end of the Stripshut its doors earlier this year. Oh, and there's the Stratosphere tower which has been dominating the Strip and covering your view of those mountains out the back since 1996.
But maybe the changes of the last 30-odd years haven't quite filtered up to Beatty, yet.
[Photo: Juliab for Jaunted]