Typically when we visit Las Vegas we stay out on the strip. Usually it’s a room at Bellagio or the Mirage or Monte Carlo or MGM Grand. This time we were in an RV park real close to the strip. Since that was different we decided to do something different and go down to Fremont Street.
In 1974 when I got out of the Army my dad was living and working in Las Vegas. I came down here to work with him. At the time he was married to one of the 5 wives he had (it was at least 5).
During the time I was here he had some difficulty with the wife and he and I left for a few days and stayed in flop house down by the bus station which is just a block from Fremont Street. It has changed some down there. The street has been closed (several years ago) to vehicle traffic and it’s been covered and a giant display system in the ceiling.
The Gold and Silver Pawn Shop is really much smaller and dingier than it appears on the show. Still it was fun to look around. After that on the way back to the RV park as Steve Miller Band is on the radio and singing “big ol’ jet airliner” a plane coming in to land flew very low directly over the top of our car. That was pretty cool.