Vegas: The Final Frontier. While Las Vegas has undergone a number of renovations over the years, spearheaded by the mob or by family-friendly capitalists, there were once plans for a futuristic attraction that would have drawn Trekkies in droves. A 1992 Las Vegas downtown redevelopment competition was nearly won by the Goddard Group’s plan to build a full-scale Star Trek USS Enterprise, complete with restaurant, ride elements, tours and live entertainment, but not, to its detriment, a hotel or casino. Fans of the show or not, tourists would have flocked to the area to, at the very least, have their picture taken with the iconic Starfleet craft. The $150 million project, paltry by today’s Vegas standards, came close, but lost out to the competition’s runner-up, the “Freemont Experience.” Hit the jump for much more, including a tale of how the ego of one studio head grounded the entire Star Trek USS Enterprise project.