Like the fire to bet during World War II, the downtown district of Las Vegas had introduced another American gambling era.
There, full casinos emerged anew, not as exceptions to the rule or temporary expedients, but as a dominant backdrop for gambling in the twentieth-century United States.
Decorated in a manner that repeated the old western themes, the downtown casino was a new form in the national gambling culture that commemorated the affinity between gambling and borders.
He provided a uniquely sincere environment that enriched the betting experience and, at the same time, illustrated the continuing influence of the Californians on American gambling forms.
In one way or another, Las Vegas has long been on the road to Southern California. During the nineteenth century, the springs and streams of shallow Las Vegas made it an ideal way station.
The site served as an oasis on old Spanish trails between Santa Fe and Los Angeles, in the 1830s and 1840s, earning praise as the “diamond of the desert” for its “capital water”.
Around the middle of the century, the Mormons included the encampment in their projected corridor linking Salt Lake City with the California coast.
The Latter-day Saints even developed a mission there in 1855, consisting of “a little muddy” and a farm where local Indians received instruction in religion and agriculture, but they left the site less than two years later.
Over the next fifty years, as in so many other sports in Nevada, small-scale mining, ranching and farming-related economic life nearby, making enough income to sustain a city.
In 1905, however, the oasis regained importance as a way station on the route to Southern California when it became a dividing point along the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad.
For the next three decades, the railway has dominated the Las Vegas growth to virtually every purpose.
The community became the warehouse for the mines of southern Nevada, the nearest train station to the Hoover Dam and a company city.
The railway has brought people and prosperity to Las Vegas. The population developed 945 – 1910 – 5.165 of 1930.
Until 1930, Las Vegas had but slowly acquired the amenities of a small but permanent dividing point. The presence of the peaceful union line, however, soon released expansion forces making the community an ideal transshipment center for the Boulder Canyon project.
With the construction of the Hoover Dam in the early 30s, the pace of development has accelerated.
The influx of men and money, slowly gaining during the 1920s in anticipation of the project, gave Las Vegas their first taste of an auction.
Residents promptly staked the future of the community on the construction and on the tourist appeal of the newly created dam and Lake Mead.
Although the state legislature legalized gambling in 1931, they viewed that activity as only a second factor in the development of their city.