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How Las Vegas Started Enter your account e-mail VideoVegas And The Mob - Full Documentary So how did Las Vegas get started? In July of , President Herbert Hoover signed a bill authorizing the construction of what was to eventually be called the Hoover Dam. It was this construction project that caused an influx of workers to flood into the Las Vegas Valley seeking jobs. Las Vegas is generally recognized to have begun in when the Union Pacific Railroad began passing through a desert oasis an ideal refueling point and rest stop. Las Vegas is Spanish for "The Meadows" a name it got due to the availability of spring-fed water. 1/14/ · It was officially founded on May 15, William A. Clark, who owned the three railroads, auctioned off 1, lots in one day in the area known today as Glitter Gulch. The rise of the gambling capital of the world In a city occupied mostly by railroad workers and ranchers, the spirit of the Wild West blossomed in Las Vegas.
When the Flamingo finally opened in , happy gamblers christened the casino with a streak of wins, which was good news for the guests, but bad news for the mob.
Unfortunately for Bugsy Siegel, it was too little too late: his fate had been decided by his former friends at a meeting in Havana.
The peace was shattered when nine shots from a military carbine blasted through the window and hit Siegel in the face. The gangster was killed instantly and gruesomely; one of the shots had knocked his eyeball clean out of its socket and across the room.
The Flamingo helped established the mob in Las Vegas, and it still stands today. Enjoy this article about Bugsy Siegel? Next, read about boxer Mickey Cohen , who became the most powerful mobster in Los Angeles.
Then read about the real gangs of New York that roamed the city in the 19th century. It even forbade the western custom of flipping a coin for the price of a drink.
Nonetheless, Las Vegas had a diversified economy and a stable and prosperous business community, and therefore continued to grow until In that year, a combination of economic influences and the redirection of resources by the federal government in support of the war effort forced the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad to declare bankruptcy.
Although William Clark sold the remains of the company to the Union Pacific Railroad , a nationwide strike in left Las Vegas in a desperate state.
On July 3, , President Herbert Hoover signed the appropriation bill for the Boulder Dam. The dam was later renamed the Hoover Dam during the Truman administration.
Work started on the dam in and Las Vegas' population swelled from around 5, citizens to 25,, with most of the newcomers looking for a job building the dam.
However, the demographic of the work force consisting of males from across the country with no attachment to the area created a market for large-scale entertainment.
A combination of local Las Vegas business owners and Mafia crime lords helped develop the casinos and showgirl theaters to entertain the largely male dam construction workers.
Despite the influx of known crime figures, the local business community tried to cast Las Vegas in a respectable light when the Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur visited in to inspect the dam site.
However a subordinate was found with alcohol on his breath this was during the time of Prohibition after a visit to Block 16 in Las Vegas.
The government ultimately decided that a federally controlled town, Boulder City , would be erected for the dam workers. Realizing that gambling would be profitable for local business, the Nevada state legislature legalized gambling at the local level in Las Vegas, with a small but already well-established illegal gambling industry, was poised to begin its rise as the gaming capital of the world.
The county issued the first gambling license in to the Northern Club , and soon other casinos were licensed on Fremont Street like the Las Vegas Club and the Hotel Apache.
Fremont Street became the first paved street in Las Vegas  and received the city's first traffic light in In reply, the federal government restricted movement of the dam workers to Las Vegas.
Smuggling and circuitous routes then were developed. In , to curtail these activities and the resulting growth of criminal figures in the gambling industry, the city's leading figures purged gambling dens and started an effort to stem the flow of workers from the dam.
This only emboldened some dam workers who still contrived to visit Las Vegas. A celebration of this era has become known as Helldorado Days. Although the suppression efforts resulted in declines at gambling venues and resulted in a business downturn, the city was recharged—both literally and figuratively—when the dam was completed in In , Southern Nevada Power became the first utility to supply power from the dam, and Las Vegas was its first customer.
Electricity flowed into Las Vegas and Fremont Street became known as Glitter Gulch due to the many bright lights powered by electricity from Hoover Dam.
Meanwhile, although the dam worker population disappeared, Hoover Dam and its reservoir, Lake Mead , turned into tourist attractions on their own and the need for additional higher-class hotels became clear.
In , U. Route 95 was finally extended south into Las Vegas, giving the city two major access roads. Also in Las Vegas's first permanent radio station , KENO , began broadcasting replacing the niche occupied earlier by transient broadcasters.
On January 25, , the U. Army established a flexible gunnery school for the United States Army Air Corps in Las Vegas.
Mayor John L. Russell signed over land to the U. Army Quartermaster Corps for this development. The gunnery school later would become Nellis Air Force Base.
The U. Army was not pleased with the legal prostitution in Las Vegas and in forced Las Vegas to outlaw the practice, putting Block 16, the local red light district , permanently out of business.
On April 3, , hotel owner Thomas Hull opened the El Rancho Vegas. The hotel gained much of its fame from the gourmet buffet that it offered. On October 30, , Texas cinema magnate R.
Griffith rebuilt on the site of a nightclub called Pair-O-Dice ,  that first opened in , and renamed it Hotel Last Frontier. A few more resorts were built on and around Fremont Street, but it was the next hotel on the Strip that publicly demonstrated the influence of organized crime on Las Vegas.
Although ethnic organized crime figures had been involved in some of the operations at the hotels, the Mafia bosses never owned or controlled the hotels and clubs which remained monopolized by hard-bitten local Las Vegas families who were unwilling to cede ground to the crime bosses and proved strong enough to push back.
This changed in post-war Las Vegas when Jewish gangster Bugsy Siegel , with help from friend and fellow mob boss Meyer Lansky , poured money through locally owned banks for cover of legitimacy and built The Flamingo in Siegel modeled his enterprises on the long-running gambling empire in Galveston, Texas , which had pioneered the high-class casino concepts that became mainstays on the Strip.
The Flamingo initially lost money and Siegel died in a hail of gunfire in Beverly Hills, California in the summer of Additionally, local police and Clark County Sheriff deputies were notorious for their heavy-handed tactics toward mobsters who "grew too big for their pants.
After gambling was legalized, the Bank of Las Vegas, led by E. Parry Thomas , became the first bank to lend money to the casinos, which Thomas regarded as the most important businesses in Las Vegas.
At the same time, Allen Dorfman , a close associate of longtime IBT President Jimmy Hoffa and a known associate of the Chicago Outfit , took over the Teamsters Central States Pension Fund which began lending money to Las Vegas casino owners and developers.
Gambling was no longer the only attraction; the biggest stars of films and music like Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin , Andy Williams , Liberace , Bing Crosby , Carol Channing , and others performed in intimate settings.
After coming to see these stars, the tourists would resume gambling, and then eat at the gourmet buffets that have become a staple of the casino industry.
On November 15, , the United States Senate Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce known at the Kefauver Hearings met in Las Vegas.
It was the seventh of 14 hearings held by the commission. Moe Sedway, manager of the Flamingo Hotel and a friend of mobster Bugsy Siegel , Wilbur Clark representing the Desert Inn, and Nevada Lieutenant Governor Clifford Jones were all called to testify.
The hearings established that Las Vegas interests were required to pay Siegel to get the race wire transmitting the results of horse and dog races, prizefight results and other sports action into their casinos.
The hearing concluded that organized crime money was incontrovertibly tied to the Las Vegas casinos and was becoming the controlling interest in the city, earning the organized crime groups vast amounts of income, strengthening their influence in the country.
This led to a proposal by the Senate to institute federal gambling control. Nevada's Senator Pat McCarran was instrumental in defeating the measure in committee.
Along with their connections in Hollywood and New York City, these interests in Las Vegas were able to use publicity provided by these media capitals to steer the rapid growth of tourism into Las Vegas, thereby dooming Galveston, Texas ; Hot Springs, Arkansas ; and other illegal gaming centers around the nation.
While the Strip was booming, the U. Atomic Energy Commission on January 27, detonated the first of over a hundred atmospheric explosions at the Nevada Test Site.
Despite the dangers and risks of radiation exposure from the fallout, which were greatly underestimated at the time, Las Vegas advertised the explosions as another tourist attraction   and offered Atomic Cocktails in the Sky Room restaurant at the Desert Inn that provided the highest view of the mushroom clouds.
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Clark , who owned the three railroads, auctioned off 1, lots in one day in the area known today as Glitter Gulch.
In a city occupied mostly by railroad workers and ranchers, the spirit of the Wild West blossomed in Las Vegas.
This widespread disregard for the law became the ideal breeding ground for organized crime, with many East Coast mobsters quickly establishing roots in the city.
By , gambling, once again, became legal in Nevada, and with the construction of the Hoover Dam on its way, thousands of workers came to Las Vegas.
New casinos and showgirl venues opened up along Fremont Street, the only paved road in the city, in hopes of attracting workers.
Although World War II stunted growth in Las Vegas — nearby Nellis Air Force Base served as training grounds — the first hotel, El Rancho Vegas, opened up on Highway 91 in In the late s, the success of El Rancho Vegas inspired others to open up hotels along Highway 91, which would later evolve into the Strip.
East Coast mobster Bugsy Siegel — backed by fellow mob boss Meyer Lansky — was amongst these hotel builders, opening the Hollywood-inspired Flamingo Hotel in Although Siegel was murdered in , fellow mobsters helped to carry out his vision for Las Vegas; during the s and s, the Riviera, the New Frontier, the Sands, and the Sahara opened, mostly funded by racketeering and drug trafficking money.
But soon enough, many mobsters received investments from reputable groups such as Wall Street banks and the Mormon Church.
In , billionaire and businessman Howard Hughes was staying at the Desert Inn. He decided he did not want to leave and opted to purchase the hotel instead.
He bought over a dozen more hotels, slowly pushing out mobster-owned hotels that dominated the city.
By the s, Mafia-financed casinos had disappeared. In , Steve Wynn instigated a new trend in hotel design and construction: the mega hotel.
He opened the Mirage , the first glamorous resort hotel in Las Vegas.