3 HUGE EVENTS CHANGED THE FACE OF LAS VEGAS
1] The 1st casino 'Northern Club' opened its doors, because gambling became legal
in Nevada in 1931.
2] Divorce laws were liberalized allowing "quickie" divorces after only six
weeks of residency.
3] Construction of Boulder Dam [later named Hoover Dam] brought federal dollars
and construction workers into the ailing city.
NELLIS AIRFORCE BASE
1] Because of World War II, which attracted federal funding the military and defense
industries moved into the area.
2] In 1941, Las Vegas Army Air Field [Today's Nellis Air Force Base] was built on the site
of Western Air Express Field.
3] A Basic Magnesium Plant began operations in 1941
to supply raw materials to the United States War Department.
CONSTRUCTION OF CASINOS
1] After World War II, many new hotels and casinos were built creating the 'Strip'
offering unmatched entertainment and accommodations.
2] Tourism became the main economic resource for the community.
3] 1960s the Nevada Legislature allowed publicly traded corporations to obtain
gambling licenses, evolving into a legitimate business opportunity. Corporate
investment in the hotel/casino industry kept the economy strong throughout the
1970s and 1980s.
LAS VEGAS ALWAYS REINVENTED ITSELF
1] Las Vegas was now the entertainment capital of the world with year-ound
entertainment with shows and nightclubs.
2] Unparalleled growth began in the 1990s with annual population increases
averaging over 6 percent.
3] In 2005, Las Vegas celebrated its centennial.
4] In fall 2007, the 'Great' Recession moved in on Las Vegas. Our town got hit hard
all over again. Tourism declined because of fear of terrorism.
Our nation needs help, Las Vegas needs help, once more.....
We can do it, and the Las Vegas Railroad Society will help with placing 'Sin City' Las Vegas on the map as a children-oriented town, at last! Attracting new kind of tourism, providing jobs, offering family outdoor and indoor environment to locals without them being forced to leave town in order to find such a place, which offers family values and educational program activities, field trips and a fun environment for everyone, including valuable program activities for our seniors.
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