In construction began on the massive Boulder Dam later renamed the Hoover Dam , drawing thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. In the El Rancho Vegas resort opened on a section of U. Top-drawer talent was booked for its lounges and dozens of celebrities attended its Christmas Day opening. Siegel was murdered in , but his vision for Las Vegas lived on: During the s and s, mobsters helped build the Sahara, the Sands, the New Frontier and the Riviera.
Money from organized crime combined with funds from more respectable investors—Wall Street banks, union pension funds, the Mormon Church and the Princeton University endowment.
Tourists flocked to the resorts—8 million a year by —drawn by performers such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Elvis Presley, and by rows of slot machines and gaming tables. From the s onward Las Vegas enjoyed a military boom as World War II bases gave way to Cold War facilities, most famously the Nevada Test Site, where over nuclear bombs were detonated above ground between and In Howard Hughes checked into the penthouse of the Desert Inn and never left, preferring to buy the hotel rather than face eviction.
Over the next two decades the strip was transformed yet again: Old casinos were dynamited to make room for massive complexes taking their aesthetic cues from ancient Rome and Egypt, Paris, Venice, New York and other glamorous escapes. In , even as residents faced recession, rising unemployment and a housing price collapse, the city still received nearly 40 million visitors. Harrah's Las Vegas Boulevard South. Carnival , Mardi Gras.
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