If you’re taking a trip to Las Vegas, you can’t miss the Old Las Vegas Strip.
In the beginning of the 1900s, during the California gold rush, explorers settled in the southern Nevada and began to gamble.
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In 1905, Las Vegas was born, but the government cracked down on gambling and all establishments were made illegal (of course there were still underground casinos).
Despite the restrictions, hotels, theaters, and music venues began popping up on Fremont Street, the site now known as the old Las Vegas Strip.
When gambling was re-legalized in 1931, real estate in this area boomed with a focus on glitz and glam and famous casinos began to open their doors.
The Hoover Dam was completed in 1936 and hydroelectricity began to power the neon flashing lights that are so integral to the aesthetic of the city. This area became known as the “Glitter Gulch.”
As time went on, developers began to build on Las Vegas Boulevard, and new highways directed people past Fremont Street onto what is now known as today’s Las Vegas Strip.
In 1995, the city transformed the old Strip into the Fremont Street Experience, a pedestrian boulevard, to commemorate the history of Vegas and also attract more visitors back to the area.
Fremont Street has a much more grungy and vintage look than the Las Vegas Strip and is a must visit if you want to experience that classic Vegas feel!