Celebrating Nevada | Happy Birthday Nevada 155 years has never looked so good!
Below is a snapshot of Nevada’s colorful history:
- Las Vegas Founded – 1905 – Viva Las Vegas! Las Vegas, at the time was a city with small one-story buildings and dirt roads.
- The Economic Bust – 1910’s – the prohibition of gambling statewide which led to a population decline.
- Fremont Street – 1925 – Freemont Street became the first paved street in Las Vegas, while not as glitzy as Freemont Street is now with the LED canopy that entertains so many people today.
- Gambling – 1931 – Gambling was legalized in 1931, as a remedy for raising money for taxes in public schools.
- Hello Hotels – 1942 – after the conclusion of WW2, highly decorated hotels and resorts for gambling started making appearances in 1942. These resorts offered entertainment and started the boom of the Nevada economy.
- Glorious Excess – 1944 – Liberace makes Vegas his home with weekly shows.
- Breaking Boundaries – 1955 – The Moulin Rouge Hotel-Casino opened, with partial ownership by boxer Joe Louis. This hotel broke boundaries by accommodating African Americans that were not welcome to stay at traditional strip properties.
- Minsky’s Follies – 1957 – The topless review debuted in 1957 on the Las Vegas Strip, first show like it in Las Vegas.
- Welcome to the Fabulous Las Vegas – 1959 – The famous sign was created; this is now one of the most recognizable and popular landmarks in Las Vegas.
- Gaming Commission – 1957 – The Nevada Gaming Commission was created.
- Gaming – 1960’s – Gambling slowly turned to Gaming, transforming Casinos into legitimate businesses.
- Blue Suede Shoes – 1969 – Elvis Presley opens with shows at what is now called the Las Vegas Hilton.
- Jubilee – 1981 – Jubilee opened at the Bally’s in 1981 and would turn out to be the longest running show in Las Vegas.
- Amusement and Entertainment – 1990’s – As Las Vegas transitioned into more of a business, corporations took notice and Vegas started to become more of a destination, with amusements, entertainment and water parks. Families were able to come to Las Vegas for entertainment, fun and relaxation.
- Graveyard – 1996 – The Neon Graveyard opens and displays the neon signs from throughout Vegas history.
- Voter Approved – 1998 – Nevada Voters approved the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act with 59% of the majority vote.
- Re-approval – 2000 – 65% of the vote approved the Nevada Medical Marijuana Act. Being that this was a constitutional amendment this had to be submitted and pass in consecutive elections.
- Assembly Bill 453 – 2001 – Legalized the use of Cannabis Medically in Nevada! This law also made it a fine-only misdemeanor for first and second offenders of carrying more than an ounce of marijuana.
- Failed Legalization – 2002 – Decriminalization of Marijuana Amendment was defeated by a 39-61 margin to propose the legalization of recreational marijuana.
- Failed Regulation of Marijuana Initiative – 2006 – Defeated 56% to 44%, the bill allowing individuals to purchase up to an ounce of Marijuana by individuals 21 and older in a controlled, regulated, state-taxed system.
- Initiative to Regulate and Tax Marijuana – 2016 – Possession and consumption by adults became legal on January 1, 2017. On the November 8, 2016 ballot contained the bill to legalize up to one ounce of cannabis for adults over 21.
Through mining, prohibition, growth and cannabis, this great state that we love to call home has fostered an amazing community. This rich history has made Nevada the Battle Born state that it has become today. Without We are proud to say that we are Nevadan’s.
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