The day gambling was legalized in Las Vegas – level 1


Las Vegas is a small town in 1930. Las Vegas is in Nevada. It is in the middle of the desert. There are only rocks and stones around it.

In 1931, people start to build a dam near Las Vegas. Many workers come to Nevada to work on the dam. They are far away from their families and they need to have some fun. This is a chance for Las Vegas which is only 48 kilometers away.

Las Vegas is a place where gambling and prostitution are normal.

The US government decides to build a completely new town for the workers near the dam. The government wants to keep the workers from these bad things. The workers still want fun. Las Vegas is full of fun.

Help also comes from Nevada’s government. On March 19, 1931, Nevada’s government says that gambling is legal.

The first official casinos are open in the city. The number of visitors starts to go up. Workers from the dam and also people from other parts of the USA start to come to Las Vegas to have fun. People build more restaurants and hotels for these new visitors.

Today, Las Vegas is a big city. 40 million people visit Las Vegas every year.

Difficult words: dam (a big wall across a river), gambling (when you risk money in a casino), completely (totally), legal (officially possible).

What are other ways that the Nevada government has provided support to the growth of Las Vegas?


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