Thursday, November 17, 2005

They Paved Paradise

After 40 years of business, Las Vegas' Westward Ho closed their doors today at 5 p.m. The property was purchased recently by Centex Destination Properties with possible plans to place highrise condominiums on the Las Vegas Strip location.

Today, I started thinking about how much this city has changed. Not just the empty lots being filled or new homes pushing the borders of our burgeoning metropolis but the landmarks. One of my first jobs was at the Dunes hotel as a pool attendant (that was imploded to make room for the Bellagio.) I literally grew up in the middle of the Desert Inn Hotel & Casino's golf course on the tennis courts (that was replaced by the Wynn Hotel & Casino.) I played many tennis tournaments at the Sands Hotel (which is now the Venetian) and the Hacienda Hotel (now Mandalay Bay.) So many of those odd little places have been sentimentally pushed aside as anti-progress only to become the next big thing.

As I think about this, I think about the Westward Ho and its neighbor Slots-A-Fun. As in many cities, cruising your major local street is ritual on the weekend. They had set a curfew when I was graduating to cut down on the traffic. I can still picture what hotels went where in my head. Yet, I know that I won't stop stop thinking of those two hotels as the Wayward Ho and Sluts-R-Fun.

11 comments:

Jenn said...

Hahaha! Clever!

I think it's crazy how much it's changed just from seeing on TV. I can only imagine how you feel.

I'd been there about three times in roughly about 8 months, IF that and I saw that one new HUGE fancy hotel go up in that time. Damn, which on is it? It's the one across that little shopping mall area. Maybe it starts with an H?

BeckEye said...

Huh huh huh.....you said sluts.

LoraLoo said...

I can't believe they're planning on a possible giant ferris wheel on part of that Westward Ho property. (Wayward Ho...LOL)

I remember the strip as it used to be, as well. Cruising! That's how I spent sooo many high school weekends. I understand progress, but I miss the history we've erased.

Bar Bar A said...

I need a trip to Vegas

Vavoom said...

Sigh. I've never been to Vegas.

Fred said...

Sluts-R-Fun? Just what have been I been missing during all these years!

Teri said...

I moved to Vegas right after I graduated from high school, so I never did cruise down the strip. But, in the 17 years I have lived in Vegas, I have seen a lot of changes. When I first moved here from LA, I called this place Country Bumpkinville, it was such a small town. Now, things are very different...

Just what Vegas needs another highrise...

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