Young Las Vegas: 1905-1931: Before the Future Found Us

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The Las Vegas we know was conceived - if anybody really conceived it - in 1931, when Nevada liberalized its divorce and gambling laws, which would ultimately transform the city into America's playground for grown-ups. It was also the year an unprecedented engineering project began, that would turn the Colorado River from a wild killer stream to a wild reservoir that waters not only California vegetables but also sprawling Las Vegas suburbs. From 1905 to 1931, Las Vegas was still a tiny oasis in a big, dangerous desert. Its isolated people made their own swamp coolers, their own entertainment and sometimes their own whiskey. The author, Joan Burkhardt Whitely, enlisted older Las Vegans to help capture the memories of a Mojave Mayberry where neighbors took care of each other, not merely because no one else would, but because it was their hometown, and they cared.

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Joan Burkhart Whitely moved to Las Vegas in 1985 to work as a reporter for The Nevadan, where she profiled interesting Las Vegans and publicized the history of the region. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1954, Whitely earned a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University in 1982. Currently Whitely is a writer in the Las Vegas Review-Journal features department.

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