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This Is What Vegas Looked Like In Its Glory Days

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Las Vegas was first established in 1829 by Mexican merchants establishing a trade route to Los Angeles.

It wasn't long after the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad was completed in 1905 that the small settlement earned a reputation as "Sin City"...


This 1906 picture shows several of the establishments from the city's early days.

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By 1955, hundreds of neon lights began shining on Fremont Street. At the time, gambling was limited in Las Vegas to an area of four square blocks.

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The Moulin Rouge Hotel became known as the first integrated hotel in Las Vegas and one of the first in the United States. Unfortunately, the establishment declared bankruptcy and was closed after one year.

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