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Great Moments in Las Vegas History

1. 1855: Mormons Establish a Trading Post

Inhabited for centuries by Native Americans and encountered by Spanish explorers in 1829, the Las Vegas area was only permanently settled in 1855 when a group of Mormons, led by Brigham Young, established a trading post here.

2. 1931: Gambling Legalized in Nevada

The relaxed gaming laws passed in the Silver State in 1931 encouraged widespread participation. In reality, betting and gambling were already widespread and, in some forms, legal.

3. 1935: Boulder Dam Dedicated by Roosevelt

The greatest hydroelectric project of the 20th century, the Boulder (later Hoover ...

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