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Demolition is underway once popular North Las Vegas hotel and casino. Crews started tearing down Texas Station in addition to Fiesta Henderson. For years, Texas Station was a place many locals created memories. “What else are we going to do, there are things to do but you have the Fiesta that is gone and the Texas that is gone,” says nearby resident, Ava Smith. I have to admit I was heart broken to see the Texas Station being demolished. DJ Thump has DJ’d many events there. So many memories.

A former employee of the Texas Station stood and took pictures of what was left of a place she’d worked at for over 25 years. She’d been there since it opened in 1995.

Across the valley, Fiesta Henderson was also being taken down. In a release, Red Rock Resorts stated the permanent closures will allow the company to reinvest in other properties. They also said about a third of employees were offered jobs at other locations. Meanwhile, in the Southwest part of the valley construction on the new Durango Resort and Casino is well underway.

When Station Casinos finally began its long-awaited demolition of Texas Station on Monday, it brought memories of the favorite local’s spot flooding back.

“It makes me sad. It’s never a good thing,” said David Haynes, a professional bowler who also operates the Haynes Pro Shop in town. “Even though we have a lot of nice bowling centers, you have memories, and there’s history in each one of them.”

Haynes recalled when the Showboat Casino and its bowling lanes closed in 2004. He said a lot of the bowling community from that location migrated to Texas Station at the time. And since Texas Station closed down at the start of the pandemic, the bowlers had to find a new spot once again.

As some of these large, popular bowling centers close down, it causes a diaspora of sorts in the Las Vegas bowling community. There are plenty of options in the valley, but it doesn’t make the loss any easier. I had a bad feeling Texas Station would never reopen once COVID caused it to shut down in 2020.