Las Vegas: A Centennial History

Las Vegas: A Centennial History

by Eugene P. Moehring, Michael S. Green
     
 

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The Meteoric Rise of Las Vegas from a remote Mormon outpost to an international entertainment center with a sprawling metropolitan area of well over a million people was never a sure thing. In its first decades, the town languished, but when Nevada legalized casino gambling in 1931, Las Vegas met its destiny. This act-combined with the growing popularity of the… See more details below

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The Meteoric Rise of Las Vegas from a remote Mormon outpost to an international entertainment center with a sprawling metropolitan area of well over a million people was never a sure thing. In its first decades, the town languished, but when Nevada legalized casino gambling in 1931, Las Vegas met its destiny. This act-combined with the growing popularity of the automobile, cheap land and electricity, and changing national attitudes toward gambling-led to the fantastical casinos and opulent resorts that became the trademark industry of the city and created the ambiance that has made Las Vegas an icon of pleasure.

Las Vegas: A Centennial History celebrates the city's unparalleled growth in the brief century of its existence, examining both the development of its gaming industry and the creation of an urban complex that over a million people proudly call home. Here are the colorful characters who shaped the city as well as the political, business, and civic decisions that influenced its growth. The story extends chronologically from the first Paiute people right up to the construction of the latest megaresort, and geographically far beyond the original township to include the several municipalities that make up today's vast metropolitan Las Vegas area. It also offers fresh insight into the process of city building in the American West, where urban needs and aspirations must contend with water scarcity, isolation, erratic economies, highly diverse populations, and the rocky relationship between the need for civic order and the Western spirit of independence.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780874176117
Publisher:
University of Nevada Press
Publication date:
03/16/2005
Series:
Shepperson Series in Nevada History Series
Pages:
296
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

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