Bronto Goes to Work on Las Vegas Club Tower, Golden Goose and Glitter Gulch Facades Go Away

The demolition of the Las Vegas Club continues with the country’s highest reach excavator taking on the casino’s southernmost hotel tower.

The excavator, nicknamed “Bronto,” can reach 182 feet, more than enough height to drop the Las Vegas Club’s tower, piece by piece.

Las Vegas Club demolition

That excavator is nearly as badass as our photo of that badass excavator.

Demolition crews from North American Dismantling Corp. have made quick work of a number of structures on the 18 Fremont block, formerly home to Mermaids and the Glitter Gulch strip club.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Bronto doesn’t take lunch breaks because to Bronto, everything is lunch.

Here’s an exclusive look at the demolition work being done on Sep. 19, 2017, including Bronto taking big bites out of the south tower.

It’s expected the south tower will take about three weeks to come down, then it’s on to the north tower, the newer of the two.

The north tower has been draped with a containment mesh to help control dust and debris.

Las Vegas Club demolition

Las Vegas Club’s north tower slips into something more comfortable.

Nearby, less flashy progress has been made, some of it bittersweet.

Two old-timey facades, that of Glitter Gulch and the Golden Goose have been removed.

Glitter Gulch Golden Goose

The empty space formerly known as Glitter Gulch and Golden Goose.

Here’s a “before” shot of crews working on the former perch of Vegas Vickie.

Golden Goose Glitter Gulch demolition

Not that we aren’t sentimental, but the demolition of the Glitter Gulch strip club has already improved the smell of downtown.

The Golden Goose is still at the demolition site, as there aren’t currently any plans to dispose of the old (and sort of disgusting) sign. The Golden Goose originally opened in 1974.

Golden Goose demolition

Goose down! We’ll wait.

Prior to it becoming the Golden Goose, it was the Las Vegas Coffee Shop and Bakery, State Cafe, Buckley’s, Starlite Sales and Mecca Slots.

Demolition of the 18 Fremont block is expected to be completed by Christmas 2017. A new resort will be built on the site and is expected to debut in 2020.

Enjoy more exclusive photos of just one of our Las Vegas obsessions, the demolition of the Las Vegas Club in downtown Las Vegas. Check out all our coverage.

Las Vegas Club Demolition: Sep. 19, 2017

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  • Photoncounter

    Seems that Bronto wasn’t tall enough! The video shows they have piled dirt up to the second floor to helps its reach. Very clever! I love giant machines! As the debris falls and gets cleaned I imagine they will have to replenish this.

    When they start on the taller tower will they have to build a bigger pile to work on or will it have the necessary reach?

    Also, two drones in the area… Tsk…Tsk…Tsk… I’m sure that was in your flight plan and coordination with the FAA, correct?

    • Yeah, ha, that mound is like a Bronto booster seat.

  • Mike L

    When was the last entirely new hotel/casino built in downtown? It wasn’t Downtown Grand, since they reused the towers. Maybe Sundance / Fitz / the D?

    • That’s a goodie and I have no idea.

      • JeffinOKC

        I recall reading it was Sundance. Around 1980.

      • Mike L

        I stumped Scott :-0 I’ll take that as a win!

  • Manybar Goatfish

    Bronto is – by far – the most well-hung excavator in the demolition porn industry. The close-up shot was uncalled for, but some people get into that I hear.

  • JeffinOKC

    I notice the water sprays during demolition. I’m assuming it is to keep the dust down?

    • That’s right. Dust suppression is a big deal with demolitions. Those massive “misters” keep a handle on it and manage it very well.

  • Matt Nolan

    Love it!

  • Bouldersteve

    Great drone video! Kind of sad since i remember when the Las Vegas Club was a full service hotel casino. To see it slowly decay..closing the hotel..restaurants..then finally the casino was like seeing a old friend fade away but its time was up so looking forward to its replacement. I am confident i won”t be disappointed.

    • Thank you. Las Vegas Club became awful due to neglect.