Tales of the Lost
Fremont Street Experience
Fremont Street, Glitter Gulch, Old Vegas, home of the Golden Nugget, Binion’s Horseshoe, and Golden Gate Casinos. The section of Fremont Street that makes up the Fremont Street Experience is not very long, but is the heart of where Las Vegas got its start in 1905.
When it was incorporated as a city in 1911, the intersection of Fremont and Main was at the heart of the oasis in the desert. Fremont itself is home to several Las Vegas Firsts: first paved street, first traffic light, first elevator (at the Apache Hotel), first high-rise hotel, received the first gaming license, first carpeted casino (Binion’s Horseshoe), and first structure designed from the ground-up to be a casino (Golden Nugget).
Fast forward to 1993. Las Vegas City Council passed an ordinance that closed off the section of Fremont between Las Vegas Boulevard and Main Street to vehicular traffic, transforming the space into a pedestrian mall by fall of 1994. Because the desert can be unforgiving in the middle of summer, plans began to build a canopy of lights to cover the street. But that wasn’t enough.
Viva Vision was designed to provide a synchronized light and music show on the canopy that sits 90 feet above pedestrians below. The projection surface is considered to be the largest screen in the world, spanning a total of 1500 feet between Main Street and the Strip. The “screen” on the canopy contains 12.5 million synchronized LED lamps, 180 strobes, and 8 robotic mirrors per block.
As if the light show wasn’t enough, on any given night, you can expect to see as many as 9 bands perform live music on the 2 outdoor stages. There’s a reason that the average daily attendance at the Fremont Street Experience is around 25,000 people.