History of Las Vegas
Las Vegas in Nevada is known to be the gambling capital of the world. The city is known for its glamour, glitz, style and its many casinos. The city is also known for its brightly lit Strip and it attracts millions of visitors from all over the country and from different parts of the world. People go to Las Vegas to party, to gamble and to just have fun.
Las Vegas origin
However, not many tourists know about the history of the city or Las Vegas casinos history. The city had not been glamorous or stylish as it is now. A few centuries ago, the first people who inhabited the land had been the Paleo Indians.
Rafael Rivera who came to the area in 1829 had been the first ever European to set foot on the land. In 1855 the members from the Mormon Church built a fort in Vegas.
It was only later in 1864 that Nevada had been officially declared as a state. Mining had been an important industry at the time in the city since many precious metals and minerals had been discovered under the land of the city. Thousands of farmers moved to the city and agriculture soon became a very important industry here. For the next twenty years, agriculture remained the most important of all the industries in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas had officially been declared as a city in the year 1905. Around the same time, the first railway line had also been started in the city. Las Vegas had an extremely low population at that point of time at about 800. By 1930 things changed drastically with the liberal divorce laws and the population of the city grew instantly.
The year of 1931 was a very important year in the history of the city. The Hoover Dam had been constructed in 1931 which boosted the economy of the city. In the same year, gambling had been legalized in Las Vegas. People had always gambled in Vegas even when it was illegal, however, it was only in 1931 that it had officially been made legal.
During the World War II, the city's population again grew. Many defense industries had been set up in the city due to the ample water supply. After the War, the actual growth of the city began. Dozens of hotels, casinos and resorts were built in Vegas. Neon lit casinos were set up everywhere and soon enough people from all parts of the country and the world began travelling to the city to enjoy its gambling scenario.
Since then, Las Vegas has continued to be one of the most important travel destinations in the US.