Today is Las Vegas’ Birthday and we launched The History of Las Vegas Project to celebrate.
This was one of the first projects I worked on when I came to work at the Las Vegas Sun. I was charged with building the interactive map as well as a few other misc things for the project. The first month I was at the Sun I built the interactive map and made some tweaks to it as the Sun team started to fill it with massive amounts of content, including: 80+ casinos since 1931, 16 personalities and major events that defined Las Vegas, 150+ stories from the Sun archives, 30 videos including an 11 part documentary called Boomtown: The Story Behind Sin City and panoramas and much more.
The history of Las Vegas is the ultimate American rags-to-riches story, filled with unusual heroes and foes. This 103-year-old saga follows the city through its incredible ups and downs, and highlights how and where some of the U.S.â€™s most monumental moments occurred. The largest American city founded in the 20th century took shape as a railroad watering hole before turning into the “Gateway to the Hoover Dam.” From there the town was known by its seedy mob label as â€œSin City,â€ before finally transforming into the corporately-financed adult playground called the “Entertainment Capital of the World.”