Las Vegas: The Great American Playground

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University of Nevada Press, 1997 - History - 145 pages
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This is an expanded edition of McCracken's guide to one of America's favourite holiday destinations. The very name of the city conjures up a collection of images: fun, excitement, escape, or, more concretely, mega-sized hotels and casinos, spectacular showrooms, theme parks, and marquees as large as office buildings lit with the names of the biggest stars.
 

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Contents

ONE THE SETTING
1
TWO EARLY EXPLORATION
7
FOUR THE TOWN IS BORN
21
SIX FEDERAL PROJECTS PROMOTE GROWTH
45
SEVEN THE STRIP IS BORNWITH THANKS
53
THE 1950s
69
THE 1960s AND 1970s
87
THE 1980s AND BEYOND
99
ELEVEN IN REMEMBRANCE
121
EPILOGUE
131
INDEX
141
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