Las Vegas’ Glitter Gulch, Ghosts and Gangsters: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
A self-guided audio tour of historic downtown Las Vegas. This free audio tour is a chance to hear how this area got its name (Glitter Gulch), its early inhabitants (ghosts and gangsters!), and Sin City's colorful history. Your journey will include points of interest such as the Golden Nugget, Pioneer Saloon, and more. You can download maps here or follow along with your mobile device as you listen to this engaging story of a city at the crossroads of Wild West outlaws, gamblers with golden hearts, and fortune seekers looking for their pot o’ gold.
1. The Golden Nugget Hotel and Casino started it all! Originally built in 1946, this casino was the first to be completely covered in gold sheets. This attraction was designed to lure wealthy vacationers with a taste for luxuries. Back then, the casino featured a glittering chandelier made of 27-karat gold. Imagine how many nuggets you could find in there!
2. The Pioneer Saloon, dating back to 1879, was where gamblers would sign their names upon entering and hope for the best. This history makes this saloon the oldest casino in Las Vegas.
3.The Brooklyn House Bar (now closed) got its name from a time filled with pilgrims heading west to California. The "Brooklyn House" was the first bar they encountered in Nevada.
In memory of its namesake, Jake the Barber, Binion's Gambling Hall & Hotel (formerly Horseshoe's) operates a commemorative shop dedicated to the famous gambler's life and legacy. The Binions have been around for generations! Their gambling hall was started by Benny Binion and has endured multiple takeovers and name changes, but it still carries on his legacy.