Stardust Was Imploded 10 Years Ago, We Still Get Weepy

The Stardust will always hold a special place in our heart.

It was the first hotel we stayed in during our first Las Vegas visit. Our first craps game happened at Stardust.

We can still remember the sounds, the decor, the smells.

Stardust

Not going to lie, we sometimes fantasize about engaging in sinful acts with this Stardust postcard.

The Stardust was imploded 10 years ago, on March 13, 2007.

The quintessential Las Vegas resort opened on July 2, 1958. It was purchased by Boyd Gaming in 1985. Stardust closed on Nov. 1, 2006.

Stardust players club

Think it’s weird we still have our Stardust players club card? We just told you we have sinful thoughts about postcards! You are messed up.

Before it was acquired by Boyd Gaming, Stardust had a reputation for being mobbed up. It eventually became the inspiration for the movie “Casino.”

One of our favorite parts of the Stardust was the sign. The iconic sign, designed by Kermit Wayne, was made up of dozens of Googie stars. The sign also featured 7,100 feet of neon and 11,000 bulbs.

Stardust

This is the postcard we call when the other postcard is on its period.

The implosion of Stardust is bittersweet because it was taken down to make way for another construction project, Echelon Place, which never materialized. Construction at the Echelon site was halted in 2008, a victim of the economic downturn.

Stardust Leroy Neiman

This Stardust homage by Leroy Neiman can be founding hanging in The California, owned by Boyd Gaming.

Here’s a look at the implosion of the Stardust.

Today, a new resort is slated for the Stardust site, Resorts World. While Resorts World officials claim construction will pick up soon, it remains to be seen if the Asian-themed hotel-casino will actually come to pass.

Even if it does, our memory of Stardust will loom large over the site.

Stardust

It’s difficult to express the breadth of our love for this sign at the Neon Museum.

The implosion of Stardust led to our creation of the only iron-clad rule in Las Vegas: If you knock something wonderful down, you have to replace it with something even more wonderful.

No pressure, Resorts World.

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  • Rooster

    *pours out a 40 to honor a dead homie*

  • RustyHammer

    The loss of the Stardust was the beginning of the end for the north end of the strip. I don’t recall the sequence, but I feel like it began with the shuttering of Stardust. If not, then its shuttering was the symbolic end. We lost the Frontier and Riv, as well as the crappy little Ho. And things got so bad at the Sahara that they couldn’t even attract enough low rollers to keep it viable. Turns out they can’t attract enough millenials, either.

  • Bouldersteve

    I also stayed at the Stardust on my first trip to Vegas in the early eighties. Remember they had a great sportsbook, Back then most strip hotels did not have a sportsbook.Left with some chips and when i went back years later after it was sold to Boyd the dealer told me the chips were no good now. But the pit boss let me play with them anyway…only about 30 dollars worth. I lost so should have kept them as a souvenir

    • ZzjitterzZ

      Sportsbooks in Vegas owe their existence to the Stardust and “Lefty” Rosenthal.

  • ZzjitterzZ

    Just think- Boyd could have had 10 more years and counting of revenue from the Stardust had they just not imploded it. Instead, they owned a hole in the ground that they just recently sold. Tsk tsk.

  • Funkhouser_1

    As much as we want to romanticize the old north strip, these places are gone due to the reality of economics. Desert Inn was near death before Steve Wynn bought it up in 2000. The New Frontier was run down but still making money for Ruffin. Westward Ho was dump, barley cracking a profit. The Riv an aging old lady losing its customer base to the south strip. The Stardust and Sahara were hanging on only to their nostalgia, loyal customer base, but still not generating the kinda of revenue of south strip properties during early 2000’s. Reality was these places were going to fail eventually if they were not redeveloped. The land at the time was worth more to owners then the casino / buildings. Chalk it all up to bad timing. Phil Ruffin was the only guy who managed to beat the timing of collapse, make his money and buy back into the market at the right price. I think even if the Stardust had not been imploded it would have slowly died much like the Riveria.