History of Las Vegas: Casinos and Crime

History of Las Vegas: Casinos and Crime

VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton
This city in the middle of the desert was originally named Las Vegas by Spanish explorers, and that name translates to "the meadows." Soon, a Mormon population relocated there from Utah and eventually became important members of the community. Once a connection to nearby Los Angeles was established, it was only a matter of time before Vegas grew. However, first, the city needed an attraction. Casinos and theaters began popping up and soon Vegas was known for unlawful and sinful behavior. That encouraged organized crime to get into the action. Today, Las Vegas is known as a city of quick marriages, gambling, and glitz. In this video, learns more about the history of Las Vegas. read more...