Fremont Street

The heart of old downtown Las Vegas is Fremont Street. Nicknamed “Glitter Gulch” because of all the neon lights, this is where all the glitz and glamour of Vegas was born. Some of the oldest hotels and casinos in the city are located along Fremont.

 

Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street is much different nowadays, with a five block covered pedestrian mall called the Fremont Street Experience. It opened in the 1990s in order to attract visitors back to downtown from the Strip, which was attracting 80% of the casino market.

Sign for the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Sign for the Fremont Street Experience

At night, the street is lit up with a LED display canopy over the street presenting light and sound shows. A pair of zip lines runs the length of the street. Live bands are set up on stages while street performers, street vendors, and street artists can be found everywhere.

Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street Experience

Enjoying the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Enjoying the Fremont Street Experience

Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street Experience

Live band at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas, Nevada

Live band at the Fremont Street Experience

 

Historic Casinos

During the day, Fremont is much quieter. You might find a few street performers or two, but the noise and people aren’t there. This will give you a chance see the historic casinos and to imagine what old downtown Vegas might have been like in its heyday.

Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street

Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont Street

Looking down Fremont Street in Las Vegas, Nevada

Looking down Fremont Street

Historic casinos such as Binion’s (1951), the Golden Nugget (1946), Four Queens (1966), and the Fremont Hotel (1956) take up much of the street.

Binion's in Las Vegas, Nevada

Binion’s

Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, Nevada

Golden Nugget

Four Queens in Las Vegas, Nevada

Four Queens

Vegas Vic, the neon cowboy sign from the now-defunct Pioneer Club (1942 to 1995), is still on display for all to see. He was added to the casino in 1951.

Vegas Vic in Las Vegas, Nevada

Vegas Vic

At the western end of Fremont Street is the Plaza (1971) and the Golden Gate. The latter opened in 1906 as Hotel Nevada, the first hotel in Las Vegas. It was renamed Golden Gate in 1955.

Plaza in Las Vegas, Nevada

Plaza

Golden Gate in Las Vegas, Nevada

Golden Gate

The Las Vegas Club, which was open from 1931 to 2015, also sat on the western end of Fremont. I was able to see the ongoing demolition of the hotel on my second visit in 2017.

Las Vegas Club in 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas Club in 2015

Demolition of the Las Vegas Club in 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada

Demolition of the Las Vegas Club in 2017

 

Heart Attack Grill

On the eastern end of the Fremont Street Experience is the Heart Attack Grill. While I haven’t eaten there, it’s fun to walk by and peek into the windows. Diners are dressed in hospital gowns while servers are dressed as nurses. A sign out front claims anyone weighing over 350 lbs. eats free, and a scale is there to prove your weight.

Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada

Heart Attack Grill

Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada

Heart Attack Grill

Peeking into the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas, Nevada

Peeking into the Heart Attack Grill

 

Fremont East

East of the Fremont Street Experience is the Fremont East District. A few more restaurants, casinos, and lots of neon signs are located there.

Fremont East District in Las Vegas, Nevada

Fremont East District

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