Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Gaming / Helldorado
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.
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
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 491 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on September 30, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.