The Story of Las Vegas' Rise from the Desert

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Bugsy Siegel's infamous mob hangout, the Flamingo Hotel.

Bugsy Siegel's infamous mob hangout, the Flamingo Hotel. Nevada State Museum and Historical Society hide caption

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The real and lesser-known history of Las Vegas is an important part of the story of America's migration to the west: rail roads; the depression; the construction of the Hoover Dam; water, air conditioning; World War II and America's entry into the nuclear age.


Michael Green, professor of history at Community College of Southern Nevada; coauthor of Las Vegas: A Centennial History

Darrell Luce, long-time Las Vegas resident; came to Las Vegas in 1932 at the age of 3 and remembers the building of the Hoover Dam

Alice Key, helped integrate Las Vegas casinos; executive director of the NAACP in the mid '50s; retired deputy labor commissioner of the State of Nevada and community activist; resident of Nevada since 1954



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