|Photo by Todd DeFeo|
By Todd DeFeo / (c) 2011
LAS VEGAS — Say Las Vegas today, and most people think of The Strip.
But, the original “gambling district” of Las Vegas lies a few miles away.
Famed casinos such as the Golden Nugget, Binion’s and Golden Gate all reside along Fremont Street.
In 1925, the street became the first paved street in Las Vegas. But in 2004, the street closed to make way for a new attraction.
Since August 2007, the Fremont Street Experience has drawn visitors downtown.
Over the years, the area has also been featured in a number of movies, including James Bond’s Diamonds Are Forever and also the music video for U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.”
Arguably one of Las Vegas’ most recognized and endearing symbols, Vegas Vic, has called the street home since 1951. Located above what was once the Pioneer Club (and today a souvenir shop), the 40-foot-tall neon cowboy has graced countless postcards.