Support grows to save a set of Las Vegas Strip icons for demolition

Las Vegas icons come and go. Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack – once synonymous with the Las Vegas Strip – have become relics of the past, fondly remembered by many, but certainly not the type of entertainment Sin City offers today. Maybe DJs like Tiesto Zedd and Calvin Harris who entertain huge crowds as resident DJs on the Strip will someday seem just as outdated.

The city has also seen a wide array of iconic Las Vegas casinos fade into history. Names such as The Dunes, The Sands, Aladdin, Bourbon Street, Boardwalk, Stardust (the casino that inspired the movie “Casino”), New Frontier and a handful of others have literally imploded erasing their heritage.

Now, sure, some of those names were bigger than others, but Las Vegas has always been an endless series of changes where nothing is so sacred. Some casinos don’t quite implode – the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino was rebranded as Virgin Hotels in 2021 – but names from the past may return.

It’s a bit like the Mirage, where MGM Resorts International MGM sold the hotel/casino to Hard Rock International for $1.075 billion. The transaction, which did not close, will bring the Hard Rock name back to Las Vegas (although it is a different Hard Rock company than the previous one).

The problem – at least according to some people – is that Hard Rock plans to build a Guitar Hotel similar to its Florida property on the grounds of the Mirage. To do this, it is planned to close and remove the iconic Mirage volcano.

This is something some people want to stop and they are taking (small and unlikely to succeed) steps to prevent the Mirage Volcano from facing the wrecking ball (or possibly implosion).

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A long-term effort to save the Mirage volcano

It’s easy to see why people would want to try to save the volcano, but just as easy to see why others would be less nostalgic, said Alan Feldman, a distinguished member of UNLV’s International Institute of Play and former long-time executive of a game company. Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“The volcano is incredibly iconic for its generation. I think it’s very important to remember that Las Vegas is a city built on change. And he built his success on change and on reinventing himself,” he said.

Now a Change.org petition has been launched to save the attraction which has been signed by over 6,000 people. The petition reads in part:

“The Mirage was the first “megaresort” to appear in Las Vegas, and on the day it opened in November 1989, it was the most expensive station never built. Since day one, The Volcano has been delighting visitors to The Mirage with what is an increasingly rare and utterly awesome free Vegas attraction and highly emotional experience. Plus, it’s located on the most visible lot on the Las Vegas Strip! Frankly, it should be a historical monument.”

Trying to get the site designated as a historic landmark might be a more effective way to save it than an online petition, but Las Vegas’ tradition of not being too nostalgic for historic buildings works against that idea.

The Mirage Volcano was a one-of-a-kind free attraction. It was then followed by the fountains of the Bellagio, the pirates of Treasure Island and the light show at the Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas. Casino.org reported.

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