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The Great Las Vegas Land Auction - The Birth of Las Vegas

The Great Las Vegas Land Auction - The Birth of Las Vegas

This image was taken on May 15, 1905. This date marks the moment that Las Vegas was subdivided by the Salt Lake, San Pedro and Los Angeles Railroad in anticipation of a great future.
 
The Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Las Vegas

The Union Pacific Railroad Depot in Las Vegas

Built in 1939 in the Modern Style. Demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel.
 
The Historic United States Post Office and Court House (1940)

The Historic United States Post Office and Court House (1940)

Built in 1931 as part of President Roosevelt's works projects was the first of several federal projects to be built in Las Vegas. The building was recently handed over to the City of Las Vegas to house a museum. This building is one of only two buildings of that era that still exists. The other building is the Las Vegas High School Academy built in 1929.
 
Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

1940 
McCarran Field

McCarran Field

Las Vegas, Nevada – 1941 
The original Clark County Court House (1941)

The original Clark County Court House (1941)

Built in 1914 by well known Nevada architect Frederic DeLongchamps. The courthouse was completed in the Federalist Mission Revival Style with marble floors and high ceilings. The elegant structure stood in the center of a shady park surrounded by cotton wood trees. Many Las Vegas municipal and government structures were modeled on the original courthouse. Sadly, the court house was demolished in 1967 to make way for a new court house.  
The Helldorado Days Parade

The Helldorado Days Parade

1950 
The Sands Hotel

The Sands Hotel

1953 
The Moulin Rouge (1955)

The Moulin Rouge (1955)

First racially integrated hotel in Las Vegas 
Las Vegas Convention Center

Las Vegas Convention Center

The Las Vegas Convention Center shortly after completion in 1959. Known for its iconic and futuristic rotunda.
 
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign (1960)

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign (1960)

This famous sign was Designed by Betty Whitehead Willis. Betty was born in Las Vegas in 1924 and was a member of the prominent Whitehead Family who arrived in Las Vegas in 1905 to participate in the Great Las Vegas Land Auction. The concept for the sign began when Ted Rogich a local sales person, approached Betty to design a sign that would welcome people to Las Vegas. The sign was had to be unique yet elegant in design and recognizable. The Welcome part of the sign is set in Silver Dollars to represent the Silver State. The sign was eventually built in 1959 and sold to the county for $4000 dollars. Betty decided not to copyright the sign so everyone could use and enjoy it freely. Today the sign remains as the quintessential symbol of Las Vegas and is the most recognizable sign in the world.  
The Rivera Hotel (1963)

The Rivera Hotel (1963)

The Rivera Hotel featuring Liberace with Extra Added Attraction Barbra Streisand. In 1955 Liberace opened the Rivera Hotel as the highest paid entertainer in Las Vegas history grossing $50k a week.
 
1972

1972

 
1976

1976

 
MGM Grand Fire (1980)

MGM Grand Fire (1980)

The MGM fire was the worst disaster in Las Vegas history. After the fire the Clark County Fire Department enacted the strictest fire codes in the nation. Today they are used as a primer world wide.
 
1980

1980

 
1984

1984

 
The Mormon Fort State Park and Historic Site

The Mormon Fort State Park and Historic Site

Built in 1855, the oldest non-native building in Nevada.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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