Historically, the city of Las Vegas can celebrate its birthday several times…
1905 is entered as the founding year in the literature. The closing of the local railway company in 1917 initially meant again the end of the town. With the construction of the Hoover Dam in 1931, the land was developed in the middle of the Nevada desert and newly populated. At the same time the first casino license was granted. With the power generated at the Hoover Dam came the unofficial kick-off for the casino scene. The El Rancho Vegas and The Flamingo were the first casinos on the world famous Strip.
And while the mafia gangs sensed big money, the first shows started which attracted more and more tourists. A lot of money flowed in the sales of hotels and casinos, to successively ban in the 70s the Mafia gangs from the city. But another dark chapter in the history began in this period: The city was talked about because it had a disrespectful image and because of the strip shows.
The next image change came with the construction of the Mirage Hotel in 1989. The future home of the international celebrities Siegfried and Roy and their white tiger was one of the first impressive hotel complexes, which brought back the magic to the city and the famous Las Vegas Strip turned into a promenade with hotels all lined up. The casinos are only one element in the lights of restaurants, spas, shows and imposing hotel structures.
A visit to Las Vegas
Curious, to explore the city itself? Reuthers has a variety of tours on offer, which allow a visit to the gambling mecca in the desert.