The City of Las Vegas, The Early Years Part 2



“The City of Las Vegas, the Early Years,” was commissioned by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, and focuses on the early history of our city during the 1920s. Part 1 of the documentary was released on May 15, 2019 and focused on the founding and first 20 years of the community. Both parts were produced by Boyd Productions LLC.

The documentary was funded by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The commission has established a grant program to support community initiatives that are of a historic nature, by utilizing the revenue generated from the special commemorative Las Vegas Centennial license plate.

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31 comments

  1. Great presentation! I'm in Ohio,……I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio, a city built by the manufacturing of steel, and our connection with the automotive industry. We knew nothing about the western states, being so far into the middle of the country. It wasn't until I was in my 30s did I begin to study the histories of our state. The industrialization of many Ohio cities that contributed to progress made in auto manufacturing. Cleveland being a port on the great Lake Erie, connected us with Chicago & Michigan. The railroads connected us to the east & west coasts. Then air travel connected us to the world. I enjoyed this video series immensely. The old photos, early films, story narration really brought it all together. I will probably watch this a few more times,….and keep a link to it in my archives.

  2. That bit about the KKK was fascinating- to hear how to the white Las Vegas community rose up to protect the black community. Nowadays our history is painted with laughably blunt and broad brushes, castigating all white people as racist. But that clearly wasn't the case.

  3. How wonderful the early years. NV is #1 in this great nation——125% of eligible voters voted! All positions in Dem party filled by Socialists. I’ve been living here 45 years and found out this last election that they’ve been stealing my vote for years. Socialists occupy the Democrat party seats.

  4. back in the 1920s those old cars and flying machine was pretty fancy stuff oh if they could see us now if you said i have a 75 inch screen in my living room
    who the hell needs the theater i have my own theater you would be laughed at like yea right sure you do mac

  5. Because if great minds and visionaries, a city in the middle of the dessert came alive and be known to the world as Las Vegas!!!

  6. It's fascinating how fast Las Vegas grew. From 1911 when it was officially incorporated to the 1920s and 1930s when the mob was taking over.

  7. Those here were a rough and tough people. MY Great Grandfathers took their families to the mountains for the summer. Mainland Bunkerville Mountain by Mesquite

  8. Was fine until the bit about unions, which was historically inaccurate and skewed. Sorry – history and propaganda don't mix. Facts next time, not activism. [NOW UPDATED TO ADDRESS FEEDBACK RECEIVED]

  9. WE ARE U.S. CITIZENS. CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES. THE UNITED STATES IS A COUNTRY BUT AMERICA ITS NOT A COUNTRY AMERICA ITS A CONTINENT. THE WHOLE ENTIRE CONTINENT WAS NAME AMERICA 269 WAY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA BECAME A NATION OR EVEN EXISTED.

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