14 July 2008

Down on Main Street

Ok, this is the Main Street Station Casino and Brewery in Las Vegas, Nevada, where we spent our last few days of the trip. This casino is unique among Vegas casinos, because rather than large, flashy displays to get attention, it has focused on small, historic details to create an atmosphere of an early 20th century train depot. To begin, the columns in the photo above are from the barracks which housed the Army Guards of the British Throne in London, England. Oh, and in case you didn't guess, these photos are mine. But the wife did come along on this adventure.
This railcar, named the cascade, has been called the "most magnificently preserved specimen" of an 1890's private business car. Built in 1897 by the Pullman Palace Car Company for the president of the Colorado midland Railroad. It was kept in a barn for several years before being brought to Vegas and restored by John Small.
This is the Blackhawk, the private rail car used by Buffalo Bill Cody to travel with his Wild West Show from 1906 until his death in 1917. this car was also built by the Pullman Company in 1903 for the president of the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad.

Annie Oakley's sleeping quarters on the Blackhawk
Buffalo Bill's sleeping quarters on the Blackhawk
This streetlamp and others like it, made of red granite and bronze, were originally installed in 1870 in Brussels, Belgium. They were taken out for protection before World War 1, and eventually brought to Vegas. Behind it is the California Hotel and on the left, Main Street Station, both owned by Boyd Gaming.
Chandelier from the Figaro Opera House in Paris, France.

Looking down on the main gaming area
This stained glass window was originally in the home of Goldie Schiesser in St. Joseph, Missouri. She refused to sell the window until an art dealer offered to buy her entire home.
Chandeliers and stained glass skylights typical of the Victorian era.
This brass boar was originally a fountain in Nice, France, a replica of one in Florence, Italy.
The Garden Court Buffet, with chandeliers from the San Francisco Opera House in the 1850's.

Nothin' special 'bout this. Just liked it.
These chandeliers were installed in the Coca Cola Building in Austin, Texas in the 1890's.
Another example of a stained glass window
One of the pool tables used in the movie "Hustler"

Some old slot machines, now continuing service as display pieces.

Mahogany woodwork, above and below, taken from a turn of the century drugstore in Covington, Kentucky.

Bronze doors and facade from the Kuwait Royal Bank in London in the early 1900's
Doors from the Pullman mansion in Prairie, Illinois. The Pullmans owned a company that built many of the nation's railcars at the peak of railroading in America.
Inside the Pullman parlor car named the Louisa Alcott. Built in 1927, it was one of a series of cars named for female authors and poets, now turned smoking lounge.
The Pullman Grille, built around the fireplace above, and sideboard niche below, from Preswick Castle, Scotland.

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