Recently, Mark and I took our son Harrison to Las Vegas for his 21st birthday celebration. The combination of being a young man experiencing the fun, excitement, late nights, and free drinks resulted in Harrison sleeping well into the morning every day we were there.
Mark and I being older, more experienced, and (only slightly) less susceptible to the thrills of Las Vegas resulted in us being up early and ready to go… RUN!
Running in and around Las Vegas is a different experience every day. New sights, sounds, and people combine to make it a fun adventure.
Day One – Running North
The Fremont Street Experience to the Silver Nugget Casino
We headed in a southerly direction away from the strip and the downtown area. We weren’t planning on going very far… just a few miles to stretch the legs after the long plane ride. Along the way, the most interesting landmarks we passed were the:
The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. The fort was called Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. They successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which contains interpretive displays. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the history of the site, as well as historic artifacts.
A truly fascinating collection of some of the famous and not so famous neon signs of yesteryear. Mark and I had the opportunity to tour The Boneyard several years ago before the museum was established. It was a cool summer day – sunny and several hundred degrees Fahrenheit. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and showed us some of the most treasured and world-famous signs of Las Vegas—Caesars Palace, Binions Horsehoe, Golden Nugget, Silver Slipper, and the Stardust. The three-acre Neon Boneyard houses more than 150 historic, non-restored signs.
Many of the restored signs have been installed on Fremont Street, including Aladdin’s Lamp, at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard at the Fremont Experience; the Hacienda Horse and Rider, at the same intersection; Andy Anderson, originally the mascot of Anderson Dairy, now located at the corner of Fremont Street and 4th Street; the Red Barn, on Neonopolis, near the Experience; and the Nevada Motel, near the same location on Neonopolis.