We just recently returned from a much-needed vacation in Las Vegas. It really made me think about … “what happened in Vegas?”
We decided to venture off “The Strip” to “Fremont Street,” known to the locals as “downtown.”
Fremont Street, named after John Charles Fremont, was “Las Vegas” from 1905 until the 1930’s, when they started development on Highway 91, better know as “The Strip.” Fremont Street has been the home of the famous (or infamous) Gold Gate Hotel, Horseshoe Casino, and the Golden Nugget.
You might recognize the skyline from movies, television shows, and photos.
As we strolled down Fremont Street that early afternoon, I was the consummate tourist, peeking into the casinos, looking for survivors …
My husband, a student of the human experience, saw Fremont Street through his unique perspective and made the statement,
“There have been a lot of broken dreams left here.”
Many people came to Fremont Street to escape their past or get rich quick.
Unfortunately, there are no “get-rich-quick” schemes that are enduring. According to the University of Pittsburgh and Vanderbilt University Law School, even those who win the lottery end up declaring bankruptcy at two-times the rate of the general public.
There is no substitute for hard work and perseverance. Success is earned!
The Strip became popular with the construction of Pair O’ Dice, one of the first casinos built on that stretch of land; the Flamingo, memorialized in the movie Bugsy (1991); and the Sands Hotel and Casino famous for their entertainment, which included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis Jr.
At that time, Sammy Davis Jr. had his name in lights on the marquee, but was not allowed to walk through the front door of the hotel. He had to enter through the back door. Frank Sinatra decided to invite himself to one of the Sand’s board meetings. As a result of that meeting, Sammy Davis Jr. walked through the front door of the Sands Hotel and Casino, the first African American to do so.
Frank Sinatra embodies hard work, perseverance, and cool.
Let’s end with a few of his quotes.
One of my personal favorites,
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