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Gaming / Helldorado

 
 
Gaming Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
1. Gaming Marker
Inscription. This is a two sided marker
Side A:

Gaming
Like most western frontier towns, gambling was prevalent in the backrooms of early Las Vegas saloons and other establishments. From its inception as a railroad town in 1905, the citizens of Las Vegas tolerated gambling as a part of daily life.

While some games of chance were already legal, Nevada legalized "wide open" gambling in 1931, creating legitimacy for the industry. That year, the first local gaming license was issued to Mayme Stocker of the Northern Club, located near First and Fremont. Since 1931, Las Vegas has benefited from the capital investments and the gambling experience of operators from other states, who were attracted here by the unique legal status of gambling. For several decades, Fremont Street was the center of gambling in Las Vegas. Aided by spectacular neon signs, images of "Glitter Gulch" established Las Vegas as the worldwide leader of gambling.

Side B:
Helldorado
Anticipating the end of Hoover Dam construction and the workers that it brought to town, Las Vegas sought other means for economic prosperity. In 1935, led by the Las Vegas Elks Club, the first Helldorado celebration took place. This event became a four-day celebration, taking place every May. Helldorado featured parades down
Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
2. Helldorado Marker
Fremont Street, rodeos, carnivals, frontier-style clothing, beard-growing contest, and a "Kangaroo Kourt". Helldorado created a "Wild West" atmosphere for Las Vegas and was one of the very first special events aimed at attracting tourist. Helldorado was made popular in the movies, when the 1946 Roy Rogers film Heldorado premiered. Movie censors insisted Heldorado be spelled with on "l". For Las Vegas residents, Helldorado was a source of civic pride and an annual rite of spring. Generations of school children joined the parades and floats, as they enjoyed time off from school. Ending in the mid-1990s, Helldorado was the longest running civic celebration in Las Vegas history.
 
Erected 2005 by The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
 
Location. 36° 10.294′ N, 115° 8.742′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from Fremont Street. Click for map. Marker is on the north side of the pedestrian mall, approximately 200 feet east of North Main Street, in front of the Las Vegas Club. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Las Vegas' Most Historic Hotel & Casino (within shouting distance of this marker); The First Telephone
Gaming Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
3. Gaming Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Auction Site / First Train Depot (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Light Standard (within shouting distance of this marker); Auction Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Fremont Street (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Block 16 (about 500 feet away); Von Tobel's Hardware Store (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Click for a list of all markers in Las Vegas.
 
Categories. Entertainment
 
Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
4. Helldorado Marker
Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
5. Helldorado Marker
Photo on Gaming Marker image. Click for full size.
6. Photo on Gaming Marker
Photo Caption:
Clark County gaming license #1
Photo on Gaming Marker image. Click for full size.
7. Photo on Gaming Marker
Photo Caption:
Early gamblers in a Fremont Street club.
Photo on Gaming Marker image. Click for full size.
8. Photo on Gaming Marker
Photo Caption:
Las Vegas Club roulette game, 1940
Photo on Gaming Marker image. Click for full size.
9. Photo on Gaming Marker
Photo Caption:
Northern Club, 1935

Note: Notice the snow on the ground - a rare occurance in Las Vegas.
Photo on Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
10. Photo on Helldorado Marker
Photo Caption:
Scene from the first Helldorado in 1935.
Photo on Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
11. Photo on Helldorado Marker
Photo Caption:
The Kangaroo Kourt arrested those who didn't display "western spirit."
Photo on Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
12. Photo on Helldorado Marker
Photo Caption:
Helldorado parade
Photo on Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
13. Photo on Helldorado Marker
Photo Caption:
Elks car in a mid-1940's parade.
Photo on Helldorado Marker image. Click for full size.
14. Photo on Helldorado Marker
Photo Caption:
Helldorado whisker contest participants in front of the Apache Hotel.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 466 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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