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Clark enlisted Utah's U. Route 95 was finally extended south into Las Vegas, giving the city two major access roads. The Paiute nation had declined in numbers and negotiated a new treaty with the United States, ceding the area around the fort to the United States in return for relocation and supplies of food and farming equipment. Among its original incorporators were Utah's U. The gunnery school later would become Nellis Air Force Base. Realizing that gambling would be profitable for local business, the Nevada state legislature legalized gambling at the local level in Las Vegas, with a small but already well-established illegal gambling industry, was poised to begin its rise as the gaming capital of the world. McWilliams, who was hired by the Stewart family during the sale of the Las Vegas Rancho and bought available land west of the ranch. Smuggling and circuitous routes then were developed. The county issued the first gambling license in to the Northern Club , and soon other casinos were licensed on Fremont Street like the Las Vegas Club and the Hotel Apache. In , because of mismanagement and intrigue with a Mormon syndicate, Gass lost his ranch to Archibald Stewart to pay off a lien Stewart had on the property. Although William Clark sold the remains of the company to the Union Pacific Railroad , a nationwide strike in left Las Vegas in a desperate state. Urbanization took off in when work started on the Boulder Dam now the Hoover Dam , bringing a huge influx of young male workers, for whom theaters and casinos were built, largely by the Mafia. A trade caravan of 60 men led by the Spanish merchant Antonio Armijo was charged with establishing a trade route to Los Angeles. After gambling was legalized, the Bank of Las Vegas, led by E. Senator Thomas Kearns and his business partner David Keith. However, the demographic of the work force consisting of males from across the country with no attachment to the area created a market for large-scale entertainment. Nonetheless, Las Vegas had a diversified economy and a stable and prosperous business community, and therefore continued to grow until In that year, a combination of economic influences and the redirection of resources by the federal government in support of the war effort forced the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad to declare bankruptcy. Not until did the first large-scale migration of Mormons begin in the area, at long last fulfilling Brigham Young's early dream. Curiously, for a time there were two towns named Las Vegas. He was appointed by President John Tyler to lead a group of scientists , scouts , and spies for the United States Army Corps of Engineers who were preparing for a possible war with Mexico. Kearns and Keith helped Clark ensure the success of the new railroad across Utah and into Nevada to California. Electricity flowed into Las Vegas and Fremont Street became known as Glitter Gulch due to the many bright lights powered by electricity from Hoover Dam. Work started on the dam in and Las Vegas' population swelled from around 5, citizens to 25,, with most of the newcomers looking for a job building the dam. On January 25, , the U. Then the U. It was from their property that Las Vegas took form. Consequently, Gass started irrigating the old fields and renamed the area 'Las Vegas Rancho. A few more resorts were built on and around Fremont Street, but it was the next hotel on the Strip that publicly demonstrated the influence of organized crime on Las Vegas. Mayor John L. After coming to see these stars, the tourists would resume gambling, and then eat at the gourmet buffets that have become a staple of the casino industry. Upon arriving in the valley they made camp at the Las Vegas Springs , establishing a clandestine fort there. The increased availability of water in the area allowed Las Vegas to become a water stop , first for wagon trains and later railroads , on the trail between Los Angeles , California , and points east such as Albuquerque , New Mexico. Griffith rebuilt on the site of a nightclub called Pair-O-Dice , [16] that first opened in , and renamed it Hotel Last Frontier. The stopover attracted some farmers mostly from Utah to the area, and fresh water was piped in to the settlement. However a subordinate was found with alcohol on his breath this was during the time of Prohibition after a visit to Block 16 in Las Vegas. It was the seventh of 14 hearings held by the commission. By the early 20th century, wells piped water into the town, providing both a reliable source of fresh water and the means for additional growth. Paiutes moved into the area as early as AD , migrating between nearby mountains in the summer and spending winter in the valley, near Big Springs. Native Americans lived in the Las Vegas Valley, beginning over 10, years ago. Gambling was no longer the only attraction; the biggest stars of films and music like Frank Sinatra , Dean Martin , Andy Williams , Liberace , Bing Crosby , Carol Channing , and others performed in intimate settings. A war with Mexico did occur, resulting in the region becoming United States territory. In , U. Fremont Street became the first paved street in Las Vegas [13] and received the city's first traffic light in In reply, the federal government restricted movement of the dam workers to Las Vegas. The Flamingo initially lost money and Siegel died in a hail of gunfire in Beverly Hills, California in the summer of Additionally, local police and Clark County Sheriff deputies were notorious for their heavy-handed tactics toward mobsters who "grew too big for their pants. Although the suppression efforts resulted in declines at gambling venues and resulted in a business downturn, the city was recharged—both literally and figuratively—when the dam was completed in In , Southern Nevada Power became the first utility to supply power from the dam, and Las Vegas was its first customer. For the next few years the area remained unoccupied by Americans except for travelers and traders. Army Quartermaster Corps for this development. At some point in the valley's early geologic history , the water resurfaced and flowed into what is now the Colorado River. Russell signed over land to the U. Stewart became the Las Vegas Postmaster. On October 30, , Texas cinema magnate R. Despite the influx of known crime figures, the local business community tried to cast Las Vegas in a respectable light when the Secretary of the Interior Ray Lyman Wilbur visited in to inspect the dam site. Senator William Andrews Clark was the majority owner of the railroad, which was a corporation based in Utah. The prehistoric landscape of the Las Vegas Valley and most of Southern Nevada was once a marsh with water and vegetation. The hotel gained much of its fame from the gourmet buffet that it offered. John C. This changed in post-war Las Vegas when Jewish gangster Bugsy Siegel , with help from friend and fellow mob boss Meyer Lansky , poured money through locally-owned banks for cover of legitimacy and built The Flamingo in Siegel modeled his enterprises on the long-running gambling empire in Galveston, Texas , which had pioneered the high-class casino concepts that became mainstays on the Strip. Also in Las Vegas's first permanent radio station , KENO , began broadcasting replacing the niche occupied earlier by transient broadcasters. After the end of the war in , Octavius Gass , with a commission from the federal government, re-occupied the fort. Meanwhile, although the dam worker population disappeared, Hoover Dam and its reservoir, Lake Mead , turned into tourist attractions on their own and the need for additional higher-class hotels became clear. Although ethnic organized crime figures had been involved in some of the operations at the hotels, the Mafia bosses never owned or controlled the hotels and clubs which remained monopolized by hard-bitten local Las Vegas families who were unwilling to cede ground to the crime bosses and proved strong enough to push back. The hearings established that Las Vegas interests were required to pay Siegel to get the race wire transmitting the results of horse and dog races, prizefight results and other sports action into their casinos. A combination of local Las Vegas business owners and Mafia crime lords helped develop the casinos and showgirl theaters to entertain the largely male dam construction workers. The arrival of Howard Hughes in did much to offset mob influence, and helped turn Las Vegas into more of a family tourist center, now classified as a Mega resort. The U. The first mayor of Las Vegas was Peter Buol who served from — Shortly after the city's incorporation, the State of Nevada reluctantly became the last western state to outlaw gaming. The dam was later renamed the Hoover Dam during the Truman administration. With the revenue coming down both railways that intersected there, the area of Las Vegas was quickly growing. Clark subsequently built another railroad branching off from Las Vegas to the boom town of Bullfrog called the Las Vegas and Tonopah Railroad. Army was not pleased with the legal prostitution in Las Vegas and in forced Las Vegas to outlaw the practice, putting Block 16, the local red light district permanently out of business. In , the town was incorporated as part of the newly founded Clark County. Las Vegas was the driving force in the creation of Clark County , Nevada in and the city was incorporated in as a part of the county. A celebration of this era has become known as Helldorado Days. This occurred at midnight, October 1, , when a strict anti-gambling law became effective in Nevada. Electricity from the dam also enabled the building of many new hotels along the Strip. Through wells and arid irrigation, agriculture became the primary industry for the next 20 years and in return for his development, the farmers named the area Clark County in honor of the railroad tycoon and Senator. The rivers that created the marsh eventually went underground, and the marsh receded. The government ultimately decided that a federally controlled town, Boulder City , would be erected for the dam workers. The hearing concluded that organized crime money was incontrovertibly tied to the Las Vegas casinos and was becoming the controlling interest in the city, earning the organized crime groups vast amounts of income, strengthening their influence in the country.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Clark and Kearns promoted the area to American farmers who quickly expanded the farming plots of the areas. It even forbade the western custom of flipping a coin for the price of a drink. Army , in an attempt to deceive Confederate spies active in southern California in , falsely publicized that it reclaimed the fort and had renamed it Fort Baker, briefly recalling the area to national attention. However, because of tensions rising between leaders of the small Mormon community, the summer heat and difficulty growing crops, the missionaries returned to Utah in , abandoning the fort. An abundance of Late Pleistocene fossils have been discovered from this locality, including Columbian mammoths and Camelops hesternus. This created a luxurious plant life, forming a wetland oasis in the Mojave Desert landscape. This only emboldened some dam workers who still contrived to visit Las Vegas. Archaeologists have discovered baskets, petroglyphs , pictographs and other evidence in diverse locations, including Gypsum Cave and Tule Springs. The valley then evolved into a parched, arid landscape that only supported the hardiest animals and plants. In , to curtail these activities and the resulting growth of criminal figures in the gambling industry, the city's leading figures purged gambling dens and started an effort to stem the flow of workers from the dam. Parry Thomas , became the first bank to lend money to the casinos, which Thomas regarded as the most important businesses in Las Vegas. The fort was used in later years by travelers, mountain men , hunters, and traders seeking shelter, but was never permanently inhabited. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}At that time, several parts of the valley contained artesian wells surrounded by extensive green areas; Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish.