Who Is Kit Carson?

Over the summer I was playing an awesome $5 or $10 blackjack game at Harrah’s Vegas (Note: it was 6:5 and not really awesome) when I received the Kit Carson Legends Of The West chip you see above.

It was the only non-Harrah’s chip I saw on the table all night so I held it aside and asked the dealer who Kit Carson was and why is he on a chip. She didn’t know, even though the chip says that its part of a series. Nobody else at the table knew what this was either. I was semi-curious so I kept the chip so I could find out. Here’s some of what Wikipedia says about Kit Carson.

Christopher Houston “Kit” Carson (December 24, 1809[1] – May 23, 1868) was an American frontiersman and Indian fighter. Carson left home in rural present-day Missouri at age 16 and became a mountain man and trapper in the West.[2]Carson explored the west to California, and north through the Rocky Mountains. He lived among and married into theArapaho and Cheyenne tribes. He was hired by John C. Fremont as a guide, and led ‘the Pathfinder’ through much of California, Oregon and the Great Basin area.

Kit Carson’s connection to Las Vegas Isn’t that vast but I guess he was, indeed, a legend of the west. This is actually a cool way to teach people about the history of the west, but if management doesn’t start by educating their staff ideas like this fall on deaf ears.

I’m more neurotic than most people so I saved the chip to learn who Kit Carson was. I know that there are people that collect casino chips for various reasons so I figured that I might as well share the information. I don’t see anything special about Kit Carson, and I’m not a chip collector (unless the chip holds special meaning), so if I ever see this chip again I’ll just play it.

While not knowing what this chip was isn’t a big deal in the overall Harrah’s experience a casino manager should be able to explain this connection to the dealers as it’s a simple conversation piece to help make players forget that they’re losing money. I know that works when talking about concert or event chips at other casinos.

More Evil Vegas

Yeah! I found more evil (haunted in this case) in Las Vegas. Halloween in November continues! Unfortunately, there’s no Iron Maiden needed here. Although we’re close to “The Number of The Beast”. I recently found reddit and have fun in the various Las Vegas and gaming boards.

Yesterday I saw noticed a post about a potentially haunted house. As I said yesterday, I don’t mess with the supernatural so I won’t post a picture of this haunted house. However, it seems to be located across the street from the estate owned by WAYNE NEWTON I figured I’d show that instead. The house is located at 6660 Pecos Road. Here’s the question posed on reddit.

The address is 6660 Pecos Road, right across the street from Wayne Newton’s pad. Google that address and go into street view. WTF is going on?

The only info I came across about the house’s history was that a teenage girl was kidnapped by bikers and brought to the house. She was ritualized and killed and supposedly the cops found satanic markings written in blood on the floors and walls.

I gotta check this place out now!

On the post comments people are saying that this is urban legend, but the house is part of a haunted Vegas tour so who knows the truth. Regardless of this house being haunted I’ve never been to this area and there seem to be a lot of cool old houses in the area, including Mike Tyson‘s house.

Being from the east coast I’m fascinated by “old money” on the west coast. I found an old money area just outside of the north end of the Vegas strip and was loving it. Coincidentally (or not) these little areas of old money seem to be surrounded by poverty. I will have to check this out.

Photo – Fox News

Get Some Vegas History At Home or In Vegas

We all like Las Vegas in different ways. Some people like today’s Vegas and some people like the old Vegas. I’m somewhere in the middle. I like seeing old Vegas go away and making a new Vegas (See the BOOM series). That’s happening right now. It’s kind of awesome to watch while people get bent out of shape about the changes.

There are a couple of cool Vegas history things happening right now. One you can see from home and one you can see on your next trip to Vegas.

  • Online – You can check out Dreaming the Skyline. A pictorial look at Las Vegas. There are a ton of pictures here and will keep you busy for minutes!
  • In Vegas – You can catch the “Lost Vegas: Bulldozed & Imploded Casinos of the Las Vegas Valley” exhibit at the Clark County Museum through August 26. You’ll find more details here.

This reiterates that I’m not so big on Vegas history – I made it through two pages of Vegas pictures before I got bored and moved on. It’s cool, I just don’t care enough.

That said, I may try to get out to the Clark County Museum for this. It’s a way to kill a day and stay out of the heat. If they have covered parking, consider this a done deal!

Sweet Video: Las Vegas 1962

Over the weekend Nick The Knife sent over this video called “Las Vegas 1962.” It looks great for such old video. The creator Jeff Altman says it was taken from 16mm film then “This footage ran live off of a Spirit Datacine, through a da Vinci 2k Plus, and then directly into Final Cut for capture as a Quicktime.”

While the song was something I hope to never hear again the video of old Las Vegas looks great. I recommend making sure you watch in HD and expanding to full screen for maximum pleasure. Enjoy!

Las Vegas 1962 from Jeff Altman on Vimeo.

Welcome To Las Vegas Sign Goes Historic

In my mind the “Welcome To Las Vegas” sign has been historic for years.  That’s because I have my own memories from the sign.  This week the world famous sign received official historic designation.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign is now officially a piece of national history.

Clark County officials on Thursday announced that the sign has gained listing on the National Register of Historic Places, to fit with the county’s centennial celebration this year.

County Commission Chairman Rory Reid says the 50-year-old sign at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip is an important symbol, as well as the backdrop for untold thousands of tourist photographs.

The National Park Service designation became official on May 1.

The sign cost $4,000 in 1959 and was designed by Betty Whitehead Willis of Western Neon.

It was erected after a group of Strip hotel owners asked Clark County for a sign welcoming visitors to Las Vegas.

And now…..time for a photo…