A Short History of Las Vegas

A Short History of Las Vegas

eBook - 2004
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Today's Las Vegas welcomes 35 million visitors a year and reigns as the world's premier gaming mecca. But it is much more than a gambling paradise. In "A Short History of Las Vegas," Barbara and Myrick Land reveal a fascinating history beyond the mobsters, casinos, and showgirls. The Lands present a complete story, beginning with southern Nevada's indigenous peoples and the earliest explorers to the first pioneers to settle in the area; from the importance of the railroad and the construction of Hoover Dam to the arrival of the Mobafter World War II; from the first isolated resorts to appear in the dusty desert to the upscale, extravagant theme resorts of today. Las Vegas--and its history--is full of surprises.The second edition of this lively history includes details of the latest developments and describes the growing anticipation surrounding the Las Vegas centennial celebration in 2005. New chapters focus on the recent implosions of famous old structures and the construction of glamorous new developments, headline-making mergers and multibillion-dollar deals involving famous Strip properties, and a concluding look at what life is like for the nearly two million residents who call Las Vegas home
Publisher: Reno : University of Nevada Press, c2004
Edition: 2nd ed
ISBN: 9780874176438
0874176433
Characteristics: xxiv, 266 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Land, Myrick 1922-
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Alternative Title: Las Vegas

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