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The Stratosphere

 

 

The Las Vegas Strip at night from the Stratosphere Tower.  Unfortunately, the Fountainbleau which remains unfinished, is the large black object to the left that blocks out the lights from the other hotels behind it.  Also, the  black patch to the right between the buildings in the foreground and Treasure Island are due to unfinished and undeveloped projects.  Once the North Strip is filled-in with new hotels and casinos, the nighttime view of Las Vegas promises to be more dazzling than it is today!  (Photo taken October 12, 2012).

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The entrance to the Stratosphere Hotel and Casino. The Stratosphere opened on April 30, 1996 and is the only Strip casino located within the city limits of Las Vegas (the rest of the Strip is located in either Winchester or Paradise, NV).

 
 

The Stratosphere was conceived by Bob Stupak to replace his Vegas World casino.  Originally, an amusement ride in the form of a giant ape was to carry passengers up and down the tower.  The Stratosphere tower is 1,149 feet high--almost twice as tall as the Space Needle in Seattle (which is 605 feet high). 

 
 

 A daytime view of the Strip.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012).

 

A zoom of the Strip--the unfinished Fountainbleau on the left; timeshare and condominiums in the foreground on the right.  Behind them is the barely started (and in-stasis) Echelon Place and beyond that, the never-started Plaza Las Vegas project.  The Encore, Treasure Island, the Mirage and Caesars Palace are in the background.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012).

 

Looking almost straight-down to the south--over 900 feet. 

 
 

This photo shows the Stratosphere as seen from Paradise Road (not far from the Las Vegas Hilton).  The rear of the Sahara is to the left.

 
 

There are two observation decks--one enclosed with windows and the other outside open to the air (as seen in this photo).  There are three thrill-rides and a fine-dining restaurant called, "Top of the World" at the top of the tower. 

 
 

The neon-lit X-Scream is dangling riders over the edge of the tower as other tower visitors enjoy the lights of Las Vegas.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

The thrill ride Insanity at night.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

Insanity in action at night with Downtown in the background. 

 

Looking almost straight down over 900 feet where Main St. (veering to the left) splits off from Las Vegas Blvd.

 
 

The Point of Interest sign describing the view to the north.

 
 

Looking to the north at downtown Las Vegas (almost two miles away). 

 

The nightime view of Downtown Las Vegas.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

Looking east towards Sunrise Mountain.  E. St. Louis Ave is the main thoroughfare seen in this photo.

 
 

Showing in which direction Area 51 is located.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012).

 

The sign above is pointing in this direction.  Of course, Area 51 is too far away to be seen in this photo.  The dark area is the shadow from a cloud.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

Insanity is one of the three rides found on top of the Stratosphere; it dangles riders over the edge (900 feet above the ground) and spins them around.  The other rides are X-Scream and Big Shot (the latter, at 1,081 feet, is the highest thrill ride in the world).  Another ride, the High Roller, was closed on December 30, 2005; it was the second highest thrill ride and the highest roller coaster in the world.

 
 

A couple of very tall fences and deep motes designed to deter Stratosphere visitors from committing suicide.  Since the tower's opening in 1996, five people have jumped to their deaths.

 
 

The Point of Interest sign describing views to the south. 

 
 

Looking south down Paradise Road; the big white space at the top of the picture is McCarran Field. 

 

The entrances to the thrill rides at the top of the tower. 

 

The view area on the 108th level of the tower.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012).

 

 

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The latest thrill attraction at the Stratosphere--the Sky Jump--stated to be the most intense free-fall experience in existence. 

 

 

 

 

 Frankie Moreno at the Stratosphere

(Nov 9, 2011-Dec 20,2014)

 
 

Frankie Moreno was headlining a show in the Stratosphere Theatre featuring orignal music and some classic standards; after nearly 600 performances,the last show was on December 20, 2014.  With an awesome band, and some occasional good-ole bantering between Frankie and his brother, Tony (who plays bass guitar), one catches a feel of the old Vegas shows with an infusion of the new.  Las Vegas Weekly Magazine named Moreno the "Best Strip Headliner" and the Las Vegas Review-Journal called him the "Best All Around Performer 2012."  (Photo taken during his performance on Friday night, October 12, 2012).

 

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Frankie Moreno after the show, signing autographs.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

Tony Moreno after the show signing autographs.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

 

More Views from the Tower and Casino

 
 

One of the bars located at the top of the Stratosphere Tower.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

The C Bar located at the front entrance.  (Photo taken October 12, 2012). 

 

The Poker Room at the Stratosphere.  (Photo taken October 11, 2012). 

 

The Stratosphere as seen from the Sahara.  For more pictures of the Stratosphere, click here.

 

Jay at about 2 A.M. in the Stratosphere casino. 

 

 

Jay at the Stratosphere on January 2, 2013, just before Franikie Moreno's show.

 

Las Vegas Panorama from the Stratosphere Tower

 

 

A 180 degree view of Las Vegas from the Stratosphere Tower (the warping perspective is due to the camera lens).  The street near the middle of the photo is Paradise Rd; the brighter street further to the right is Las Vegas Blvd .  The booms to the far right are part of the Sky Jump attraction.

 

 

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