Saturday, January 14, 2006

They Don't Mess Around in Vegas

It took more than four years to build the Showboat's 19-story, 450-room hotel tower. It took 18 seconds to bring it down. The hotel-casino, located about three miles east of downtown Las Vegas, spent the last five years known as the Castaways. It was demolished by implosion this week, ending a 50-year run. The joint fell on hard times recently and had been closed since a change of ownership in a bankruptcy proceeding in January 2004. What will replace it remains a mystery, but in Vegas, it's out with the old, in with the new. We have a couple of links to video of the event. Needless to say, it's spectacular (some registration).

1 comment:

greg6363 said...

I stayed at Castaways (dirt cheap) during the Christmas holiday of 2002 during my trip to Vegas for the Las Vegas Bowl down the road at Sam Boyd Stadium. It had that feel of old Vegas and the bowling alleys were open 24 hours so it was great to walk down and bowl a few games at 3 in the morning in your PJ's. Sad to see another piece of Vegas lore fall victim to the wrecking ball.