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Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

Frontier Hotel 1942-2007

"This is the end result of all the bright lights... and the comp trips, of all the champagne... and free hotel suites,
and all the broads and all the booze. It's all been arranged just for us to get your money.
That's the truth about Las Vegas. We're the only winners. The players don't stand a chance. "

-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Monday, March 29, 2010

The Frontier Hotel Sign

Located on Industrial Road, just a short walk from Fashion Show Mall and the Trump Tower, this photo is of the only remaining structure left from Frontier Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip. How this sign was allowed to remain standing after the entire hotel was imploded seems rather strange. Now it is just another piece of urban blight that so permeates much of Las Vegas today.

This photo is for me a perfect reminder of what Las Vegas once was and what Las Vegas has become.  The Frontier in a way symbolized "old Vegas."  One of the first hotels on the Las Vegas strip, mafia control/influence, a mid range hotel that rewarded even the low end gambler, smoke filled, dark, nice in some ways but with a seedy side to it.  Not much of the Frontier exists anymore in Las Vegas.  Sure there are places like the Riviera, Sahara, and even Circus Circus that are much like the Frontier, but those places will meet their end in due course...

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