Route 66 Inspection Station
Adjacent to the California DOT agricultural inspection station on the southbound I-15 in Yermo, CA you find this ghost. The original inspection station was located along Route 66. I have been unable to unearth much history of this place, but it still sits there today, baking in the high desert sun and adorned with decades of graffiti.
Town Center, Henderson NV
This once thriving dining and shopping center was doomed when the Galleria Mall and expanded Sunset Station casino opened a couple of miles down the road. With the exception of a local casino and a Starbucks Coffee, the center is empty and starting to show signs of its abandonment.
One of the more interesting ghosts here is the multiplex theater. The eight-plex is stripped of most of the trimmings, all but one theater have no seats, no screen. The projectors are gone, the popcorn machines discarded. Inexplicably the property managers left the power on for a period of months. You would drive by and see this empty marquee all lit up in (partly working) neon. Inside the once busy snack bar is left glowing, beckoning no one to nothing.
The ghostly, empty Marquee of the former Green Valley Theaters 8-plex glows in neon splendor in the Fall of 2006. The electricity to the theater has since been shut of, leaving this colorful reminder of the past dark and lonely.
Exit to Reality
Leaving a movie is always a jolting moment to me. You leave the world created by the director, write, and actors and re-enter a much more complicated reality.
After the Show
One of the theaters in the former Green Valley Theaters multiplex. There is little left to remind one of the purpose of this room, the seats, screen, and sound equipment long since removed. Teens have broken in a few times, gleefully skating in the big, empty rooms after emptying co2 fire extinguishers across the floors.
I believe this is on Maryland Pkwy near downtown Las Vegas. The hotel was operating when this picture was taken in 2004, I'm not sure it is still there today (2009).
Another casualty at Town Center in Henderson, NV. This was a restaurant, the story is that the owners, unable to make it in the dying shopping center, set the business afire. Whether this is true or not, the gutted, burned out shell is all that remains today.
The cityscape of Las Vegas Nevada is a constantly changing one, with any sense of historic value overrun by a desire to build bigger, brighter, "better". This isn't just confined to the Strip either, as the closing and demolition of a local casino/hotel called Castaways will attest. This picture was taken while the hotel was being stripped and prepped for demolition. The big Castaways sign inviting visitors from its perch adjacent to Boulder Highway is reduced to a latticework of steel.
A month later this was all gone. The site sits empty today, whatever plans that were in place for it faded along with many hopes and dreams in today's struggling Las Vegas economy.
Construction Site for new Waste Water Treatment Facility, Henderson NV
The tools of construction, both small and mighty, have been a constant fixture of Las Vegas since my arrival in 2004. Dozers, loaders, earthmovers of all kinds are naturally symbolic of change and an overt sign of transformation in progress. Impressive too is how these machines, even sitting idle on a Sunday afternoon, impose upon the observer their power to change.
Stardust to Dust
November 2006 saw the closing of a Las Vegas icon, the legendary Stardust. The site was leveled over the following months to make way for a new super-resort. In 2008 the developers announced the project was being indefinitely suspended. Today, the site is a frozen snapshot of a partially completed transformation interrupted by another transformation, that of the world economy.