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History of Las Vegas

Las Vegas was given its name meaning 'The Meadow" by a group of Spanish explorers in the 1820s because of a nearby spring. Till the beginning of the 20th century it remained a small settlement. The Salt Lake Railroad changed the fortunes of Las Vegas -- it became an important stop and people started pouring in. In the 1930s, population rose once again due to workers coming in to construct the Hoover Dam. Soon, the military moved in -- atomic bomb and other weapons were tested in the nearby deserts. In the 1940s, casinos supported by mobsters began appearing in Las Vegas.

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