Las Vegas : the great American playground (Book, 1996) []
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Las Vegas : the great American playground

Las Vegas : the great American playground

Author: Robert D McCracken
Publisher: Fort Collins, Colo. : Marion Street Pub. Co., 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"One of the most interesting things about Las Vegas is how quickly it grew from almost nothing to its present size and stature as an entertainment and gaming mecca. What is equally remarkable is that this development took place in the middle of an inhospitable desert. Ninety years ago, the valley in which Las Vegas sits featured a handful of small, dusty ranches. Today, a huge city, perhaps the most unusual in the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert D McCracken
ISBN: 0963911988 9780963911988
OCLC Number: 34354340
Notes: "Traces the city's history from its Native American occupants more than 10,000 years ago to its present status as a premiere tourist destination."--Page 4 of cover.
Description: xi, 127 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: 1. The Setting --
2. Early Exploration --
3. In the Aftermath of the Gold Diggers: The Valley is Settled --
4. The Town is Born --
5. Dams, Dice, and Divorce: Las Vegas in the 1930s --
6. Federal Projects Promote Growth --
7. The Strip is Born --
With Thanks to Los Angeles --
8. A Decade of Development: The 1950s --
9. Corporate Investment: The 1960s and 1970s --
10. A New Image: The 1980s and Beyond --
11. In Remembrance.
Responsibility: Robert D. McCracken.


Tracing the history of Las Vegas, from its first Native American occupants to its present status as a premier tourist and family destination, this book is the story of a group of colourful and  Read more...


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