Vegas Eye: An Oldie and Goodie

I thought that last week’s puzzle would be easier, but I know this week’s should generate some responses! This critter has been keeping watch on the goings-on of the Las Vegas Strip for many years. Does this seem familiar to you? This week’s geo-location puzzle continues the current trend of presenting photos that are: taken at very familiar properties and places around the valley and are both in plain sight and somewhat out-of-sight…

What is that elephant looking at?
Photo by Megan Edwards

1. What day did this property open to the public for the first time? —
2. What is the name of the property/business and who owns it?
3. What (besides Megan) is the Elephant keeping her eye on?
4. Within a mile of here is the home base of a very impressive rapid deployment force, what is it called?
5. For extra, extra credit…. Do you know the significance of October 27th for the photographer of today’s Vegas Eye photograph?

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5 responses on “Vegas Eye: An Oldie and Goodie

  1. That pink elephant stands guard in front of the Diamond Inn Motel, on the Strip. I suppose it is looking at Mandalay Bay, roughly across the Strip.

    The motel was built in 1940, but in don’t know the opening date or the name of the current owner.

    As far as the rapid deploymentt force, the LVMPD Homeland Security Division is based nearby.

    On October 27, 1993, Megan Edwards’ home burned down in the Pasadena Hills fire.

  2. The special deployment force is actually named ARMOR and includes personnel and equipment from Las Vegas Metro, County Fire, Homeland Security, Bomb Squad and other special tactical personnel. I see that Metro seems to claim title to the whole thing — but when you see a response on the road — you can see a variety jurisdiction personnel.

    But Wow-Wow — Martin the rest of the responses are superb! The Diamond Inn is one of the oldest buildings in Las Vegas and according to this website, the elephant used to trumpet loudly and apparently scared people on the blvd so the the county prevailed on the owner to remove the mechanism. I think the elephant is looking to see who “stole” his voice!

    And you can read Megan’s account of the Kinneloa Wildfire that occurred on October 27, 1993 here!

    Excellent work again and I think you’ve earned an official LLV staff coffee mug. I’ll be in touch to get a mailing address!


  3. Yeah, 18 years ago at this moment, I was manning the fire hoses at my parent’s house. The main part of our home had already burned to the ground — although the stone house (living room) wouldn’t burn for another couple of hours.


  4. And a thousand pardons…. If you’ve been trying to follow the links referencing “last week’s” puzzle on the past eight Vegas Eye puzzles… I goofed up the code… Darn it. All has been fixed now.


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