La Bayou, a small casino along Fremont Street, holds Nevada’s first gaming license, issued 85 years ago. It still features slot machines that dispense coins to winners. (Granite Gaming Group)
Three long-standing attractions in downtown Las Vegas — Glitter Gulch, La Bayou and Mermaids — are calling it quits. The down-market venues along the Fremont Street Experience are set to close June 27.
The properties have been sold to downtown developers Derek and Greg Stevens, who plan to build a new hotel-casino on the block.
Even visitors who have never ventured inside Glitter Gulch will probably remember Vegas Vickie, the neon cowgirl that adorns the exterior. Inside, the so-called Girls of Glitter Gulch are strippers who wear less clothing than the brightly-colored cowgirl-sign outside.
Mermaids, one of the free-standing, small casinos along Fremont Street, is better known for its fried foods than its slot machines. The place indulges sweet tooth cravings by battering Oreos and Twinkies and then deep-frying them.