“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Jackson Street Commercial District


Jackson Street Commercial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 4, 2008
1. Jackson Street Commercial District Marker
Inscription. Commerce on the Westside was short lived, collapsing in 1905 when rival Las Vegas Townsite opened on the east side of the railroad tracks. In 1942, the Westside defined a new commercial district to serve the ethnic population of the area.

The new zone, locally known as "Jackson Street," covered two blocks, from D to F Streets along Jackson and Van Buren. In July 1942, permit requests on file included a grocery store, barbershop, beauty shop, recreation center, restaurant, drug store and gas station. Las Vegas was a segregated town by then, and Westside residents needed mundane services as well as places to recreate.

Shows and performers lit up the district in the late night hours. Numerous bars and hotels opened here: Carver House (later the Cove), Hotel Jackson, Harlem Club, Ebony Club, Cotton Club, Brown Derby, El Morocco, Lousiana Club and many more. Whites and blacks mingled here in a lively atmosphere. Black professionals opened offices on the Westside, and dozens of churches took root.

In 1960 civil rights activists finally succeeded in breaking down restrictions that kept blacks out of Las Vegas casinos, and many people chose to spend their time and money outside the neighborhood. Ironically, the civil rights victory caused Westside commerce to decline. Many small businesses here closed. Shuttered
Jackson Street Commercial District Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, June 4, 2008
2. Jackson Street Commercial District Marker
buildings and empty lots give no clue to the vibrant life that once existed here. The New Town Tavern at Jackson and F streets is the sole survivor of this exciting time.
Erected by Las Vegas Pioneer Trail. (Marker Number 9.)
Location. 36° 11.148′ N, 115° 8.93′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and F Street, on the right when traveling east on Jackson Avenue. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Christensen House "The Castle" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Moody House (about 600 feet away); Harrison Boarding House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Westside School (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. James the Apostle (approx. 0.4 miles away); McWilliams' Townsite (approx. half a mile away); Las Vegas Paiute Colony (approx. 0.6 miles away); Moulin Rouge (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Vegas.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
Also see . . .  Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage. A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection and access to photographic archives that wove a tale of dreams realized and lost, civil rights victories, speakeasies and the development of a strong community, ethnically diverse and culturally rich. (Submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
Categories. African AmericansIndustry & Commerce
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 86 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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