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see it for miles, and from it even further. The 1,149-foot Stratosphere
tower was the dream of its creator Bob Stupak and then eventually
his downfall. For $6 the view is worth it even if you don't have the bottle
to face the "Big Shot" and rollercoaster. The strip has expanded so far
south that the casino has become isolated from the major new developments.
New owner is Carl Icahn, attendance to the tower last year was 556,000.
Whilst in the area you can take in the Gamblers
General Store. Describes itself as the Worlds Largest Gambling
Superstore, and it probably is. The catalogue is colour and runs to 60
pages A3. If you want to find out what happens to old Bally mechanicals,
or want to buy one. This is the place. The Website is www.gamblersgeneralstore.com
on the theme of study and research there is also the 1964 established Gamblers
Book Shop co-foundered by John and Edna
Luckman who still run the business. The catalogue also manages 72
pages and whilst not as visually stimulating as the GGS, could be described
as a reference guide in its own right. The shop has established a photo
exhibition opened in December 1998 of persons who have made a contribution
to gaming and the city. The Website can be found at www.gamblersbook.com
|The Tropicana Hotel &
Casino now facing the MGM Grand, New York New York and Excalibur but previously
almost in the middle of nowhere is the host to the Casino
Legends Hall of Fame. Billed as the worlds largest collection
of gambling memorabilia. There are over 15,000 items on display, counting
all the chips (some of them melted together, after the numerous fires in
the city) they are probably being conservative.
It could be described as
a Multi-media tour as there are constant videos being shown describing
the LV's not always glamorous past. Free to get in with a coupon, very
interesting. The Tropicanas website to be found at www.tropicanalv.com
of Las Vegas and a 20 minute can be found Red Rock Canyon and Bonnie
Springs Old Nevada. This is a reconstruction
of an old wild west town complete with a miniture railroad and daily hangings.
Attached is the petting zoo and horse riding. If none of these exiting
pursuits grab your attention then a trip into the bar (its too hot outside
dear) will reveal a collection of $1 bills stapled, glued or hanging from
every available surface. The bar tender believed there were 10,000 but
it looked at lot more.
Heading back into Vegas another bar well worth visiting is the Brew
Pub at the Monte Carlo. Massive place
with a good selection of beers mainly created in their own Micro that can
be seen from the bar. A tasty American pint (16 fl ozs) for the same price
as a puny bottled Bud or MGD.
Thats our small selection of places to visit, no doubt to an outsider there
are many more that need discovering and the Liberace museum will just have
to wait until next time.