March 13, 2007

Stardust is DUST!

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CNN has the goods on today's newest sad demise of a grand old dame of Vegas history.

The Stardust is now just a memory.

The casino-hotel on the Las Vegas Strip was imploded early Tuesday in a hail of fireworks to make way for Boyd Gaming Corp.'s $4.4 billion megaresort Echelon.

Hundreds of people partied beneath tents and on makeshift patios before Boyd chairman Bill Boyd's four grandsons pushed a plunger to detonate the building. The blast generated a massive dust cloud that chased the revelers into cars, buses and nearby casinos. (Watch famous landmark go down Vegas style -- with flash and panache Video)

"It hurts. We cried," said Sheila Navarro, 51, a school supplies buyer from Oxnard, California, who took shelter in the nearby Frontier casino-hotel. She came with three sisters, her mother, an aunt and a brother-in-law to say farewell to the casino she's gambled at for more than 30 years.


The above image of the now blasted casino came from the website of the Architecture Studies Library of UNLV May students long remember her grace and charm!

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Posted by Russell Miner at March 13, 2007 3:49 PM
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