Music - For those about to rock by AC/DC
Photographed in 1993 using film.
Dunes Hotel - Opened on May 23rd, 1955 and closed January 26th, 1993. Main tower and sign were imploded on October 27, 1993. The south tower was imploded in July 1994. The Bellagio resort hotel now stands on the site.
Location - 3600 Las Vegas Blvd., South, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Something different from stadiums and arenas....... an implosion of a hotel.
I was lucky enough to be in Las Vegas on October 27th 1993. That was the night the old Dunes hotel was to be imploded. I was across the street in the parking lot of Bally's hotel and casino. The Dunes had been closed since January 1993. The hotel had been gutted and set for demolition. I actually saw Sam Kinison at the Dunes in 1991. I remember one of his jokes as "the Dunes - the K-Mart of Las Vegas Hotels". The last decade of its life, the Dunes was a dump.
In typical Las Vegas style, they decided to make an event out of the implosion. At 10 pm, the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino had one of their pirate ships "fire" a volley at the old Dunes. The first thing to go was the sign as a fireball exploded. The next was the tower, as fireworks and flames engulfed the old hotel. It was a cool evening, but the heat from the implosion was felt across the street. It was really cool to watch this firsthand. I am so lucky to have been in Las Vegas that October night.
A few years later, the Bellagio resort hotel and casino was built on the site of the old Dunes.
The Dunes, already abandoned and waiting for the big bang demolition.
The end of the line for the Dunes.