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Las Vegas gambling origins

las vegas gambling origins

What is there to say about modern Las Vegas that most of you don’t know? It has some of the most luxurious hotels and casinos and is overall a city built for pure entertainment. You will find magic shows and concerts and plenty of other legal or sometimes not so legal forms of entertainment. But let’s look back at the history of this town and how it became what it is today.

Its inception took place at the beginning of the 20th century. At first it was a big source of water for all its surrounding area due to the water wells which were later attached to pipes. Subsequently they started building railroad lines in and out which truly gave its population a boom. After 1930 the Hoover Dam was built and the first casinos started popping up.

After the end of World War II the city saw a myriad of infamous casinos pop up. Among them were the Sahara, the Sands, the New Frontier, the Royal Nevada, the Showboat, The Riviera, The Fremont, Binion’s Horseshoe (formerly the Apache Hotel) and finally The Tropicana. Of course there were many others, some owned by big names in the mafia world.

Up until the 80’s the town continued to grow exponentially with casinos, restaurants and theaters showing up everywhere. Then in 1989 the first megaresort appeared, The Mirage. This type of resort is focused on offering you all you might need in the same enormous building. It has gold tinted windows and over 3044 rooms. A lot of other infamous hotels followed like the Excalibur, the MGM Grand, the Bellagio, the Palms, and so on.

Although it saw a home mortgage crisis during the recession, gambling is always there to give it the economic boost it needs. So there you have it, the amazing story of a city built solely for entertainment and which amazingly enough managed to become one of the most successful cities in U.S. history.

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