History of Gambling in Las Vegas
Until the beginning of the 1900s Las Vegas was a two-horse town that only attracted a few migrants and miners. With the discovery of minerals, farmers moved in and agriculture became a dominant part of the economy. The completion of the main railway station at Salt Lake City put Vegas on the map and linked it to the rest of the country. The city adopted a charter in 1911 and the population grew fast. On March 19, 1931 casino gambling was legalized in the State of Nevada and one month later, the City of Las Vegas issued six gambling licenses for casino usage.
This was the start of the Strip area and its casino flagships and a world that would never be the same again. Divorce laws were eventually liberalized in the State of Nevada and a “quickie” divorce could be permitted after six weeks of residency. These short-term residents stayed at “dude ranches” which were the forerunners of the sprawling Strip hotels and gambling venues. After WWII outlandish hotels and casino venues were established. Tourism and entertainment became the key industry in the area. During the economic boom of the 1960s, large corporations invested money in casino sites and hotels.
Throughout the 1970s and 80s casino gambling became a legitimate business and there was continued investment in the area. In the mid 80s, a period of economic growth began the population of the casino gambling capital didn’t stop growing. The growth still continues to this day and new hotels and casinos are being built on a continuous basis.