Fremont Street

The Fremont Street Experience (or FSE) is a pedestrian mall in downtown Las Vegas incorporating the westernmost 5 blocks of Fremont Street, including the area formerly known as “Glitter Gulch“. Dating back to 1905, when Las Vegas itself was founded, the street was named in honor of explorer John Charles Frémont (who, in 1856, became the first Republican candidate for the President of the United States). It is also the most famous street in the city besides the Las Vegas Strip.

Fremont Street was the first paved street in Las Vegas (1925) and received the city’s first traffic light (1931). It is (or was) also home to many famous casinos, including:

  • Binion’s Horseshoe (which famously displayed $1 million on the casino floor)
  • The Fremont Hotel and Casino (where Wayne Newton made his start in 1959)
  • The Golden Nugget (the largest casino on the street, featuring in films such as Viva Las Vegas, Diamonds Are Forever, Vegas Vacation, Last Vegas and Honey, I Blew Up the Kid)
  • The Mint (immortalized in Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas), and
  • The Pioneer Club (featuring a 40-foot neon cowboy known as “Vegas Vic”).

  • Visited: 1995, 1997, 2000

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