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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.
|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|
Posted November 1, 2011
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.