The city began as a stopover on the pioneer trails to the west and became a popular railroad town in the early 1900s.
It was a staging point for all the mines in the surrounding area that shipped their goods out to the rest of the country. With the growth of the railroads, Las Vegas was temporarily by-passed and became less important, but the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam resulted in substantial growth in tourism, which, along with the legalisation of gambling, led to the advent of the casino-hotels for which the City is famous.
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This is the story of a journey in 1995 through the National Parks of the American Mid West.
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Tagged Arches National Park, Badlands, Bryce Canyon, Deadwood, Grand Canyon, Grand Tetons National Park, Lake Powell, Las Vegas, Mese Verde, Monument Valley, Mount Rushmore, Salt Lake City, USA National Parks, Wyoming, Yellowstone Park, Zion National Park
Our hotel was the one thousand seven hundred and twenty room Sahara which was a mock Moroccan Palace rising from the desert on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip and was recognisable by tall, colourful towers, which were featured prominently in the classic film Ocean’s 11 and was once a gathering spot for legends like the Rat Pack and Jack Benny and the lobby and the Thirsty Camel Bar (honestly) and others were full of old pictures of stars like Liberace and the Beatles.
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