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The UNLV Digital Collection features several amazing photos from early Vegas ( http://d.library.unlv.edu/digital/collection/pho/id/10350/rec/18 ).
We are a wife-husband writing team that recently started a site that explores Vegas history by examining true crimes from the city’s past. Not only were we interested in starting this project because we are both born-and-raised Las Vegans, but also because of the unique place Vegas plays in the modern history of the US. Our city was founded in 1905 at the tail end of the frontier, then we experienced the growth offered by the New Deal (Boulder/Hoover Dam) and WWII (Henderson/Basic Magnesium Plant/Nellis AFB), and proceeded to offer the service industry-reliant experience that has come to define our city. UNLV professor Hal Rothman did an excellent job explaining how Vegas in many ways symbolizes the evolution of America in the 20th century, and our site follows on that work to explore what the darker side of Sin City says about the larger scope of US history.