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Las Vegas: A Centennial History

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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...
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Overview

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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Table of Contents

1 Before the city 1
2 Birth of a railroad town, 1902-1910 9
3 A new city takes shape, 1911-1920 37
4 Setting the tone, 1920's 57
5 The dam era : railroad town into tourist town 80
6 World war and its aftermath : gambling becomes king 101
7 City and strip : laying a metropolitian foundation 132
8 Growth and community conflict, 1960s 171
9 Gaming and world recognition 205
10 Suburbanization and diversity, 1970-2005 225
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  • Posted November 1, 2011

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    Chamber of Commerce Type Promotion But Written by Historians

    The authors are professors of history and the publisher is a university press, but this is a centennial history--which means that the tone promotes the good qualities of the city. Still, there is a lot information here. The writing is good. The research is professional. The story is sometimes told with a kindly nod to the powers that be, but the conflicts are still there and the dark side is implied.

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