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Block 16

 
 
Block 16 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
1. Block 16 Marker
Inscription.  The notorious Block 16, North First Street between Ogden and Stewart Avenues, was the only area in the Las Vegas Townsite, outside of hotels, where liquor could be sold, starting in 1905. The block quickly changed from its original liquor and gambling activities to feature prostitution. The swankiest of the clubs was The Arizona Club, the "queen" of Block 16. World War II brought an Army Gunnery School, later Nellis Air Force Base, to Las Vegas. Bowing to the Army's demands, the City ordered prostitution on Block 16 to end in 1942.
 
Erected 2005 by The Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1905.
 
Location. 36° 10.345′ N, 115° 8.655′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of East Ogden Avenue and North 1st Street, on the right when traveling west on East Ogden Avenue. Marker is on the northeast corner. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within
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By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
2. Block 16 Marker
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walking distance of this marker. Gaming / Helldorado (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fremont Street (about 500 feet away); Las Vegas' Most Historic Hotel & Casino (about 600 feet away); The First Telephone (about 700 feet away); Nevada Motel (about 700 feet away); The Flame Restaurant (about 800 feet away); United States Post Office and Courthouse (approx. 0.2 miles away); Neon / Atomic Testing (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
 
Photo on Block 16 Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Photo on Block 16 Marker
Photo Caption: Interior of the Arizona Club
Photo on Block 16 Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1908
4. Photo on Block 16 Marker
Photo Caption: Arizona Club after remodel, c. 1908
Photo on Block 16 Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1905
5. Photo on Block 16 Marker
Photo Caption: Block 16, 1905
Photo on Block 16 Marker image. Click for full size.
circa 1907
6. Photo on Block 16 Marker
Written on photo: Block 16 – Freight loaded for Delivery to Rhylote – 1907 – Las Vegas
Photo Caption: Freight wagon along Block 16
<i>Rear of</i> Block 16 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 26, 2011
7. Rear of Block 16 Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on October 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 889 times since then and 101 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on October 4, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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