When you love Las Vegas as much as I do, you might get nostalgic when you hear of icons and landmarks from Sin City’s past being removed. Today, the Riviera Hotel and Casino was imploded. In case you didn’t know, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority bought the property to expand the convention center.
Seeing these old school properties that made Las Vegas what it is today, get moved out is way of life in the 9th island, but the memories will always be there. Casinos such as this one, the Sands, Desert Inn, Flamingo and Tropicana can only have your imagination reeling back to a different era of this city. Only the Flamingo and Tropicana remain today.
A few years ago, I was talking with a couple from California at a blackjack table at the Golden Nugget . They were telling me how it was in the late 60’s when they would hang out at the Desert Inn pool and hear pages over the hotel loudspeaker for Don Rickles, Dean Martin etc. I was waaay to young to have enjoyed Las Vegas at that time, but I wish I could have enjoyed a part of it.