The History of Las Vegas make interesting reading. It can be seen as a rags to riches transformation from an oasis to mega gambling destination.
The Early History of Las Vegas
This photo of Las Vegas was taken in 1906, the year after the rail road came to Las Vegas in 1905. Prior to that there had been some early Mormon settlements and even earlier it was used as a staging post for merchants trading between California an Mexico. Whilst it is in the Mojave desert it is an oasis otherwise there would never have been any settlement of any kind. Las Vegas translates from Spanish as “the meadows”.
There were only about a dozen hotel casinos in the mid sixties, they were dwarfed by Caesars Palace Las Vegas when it opened in 1966. Developing the place was possibly the biggest gambles of all time.
Caesars Palace Las Vegas
Caesars Palace in Las Vegas has been around since it opened in 1966 as the Desert Palace. Originally it was going to be called the Cabana Palace, Being a Roman themed hotel and Casino in the middle of the Nevada desert it needed something to draw in the customers. In fact building the place was a huge risk take on behalf of the promoters but hey, it worked. It was funded with a $10.6 million loan which was a lot of money 50 years ago. Las Vegas now receives over 40 million visitors per year.