Located in Clark County, Nevada, Las Vegas has been, since the early 1950s, the leading American casino destination. Throughout a crucial part of its history, the city's casino industry was tied to those with connections to organized crime. Founded in 1905 in a land auction conducted by the Salt Lake, Los Angeles, and San Pedro Railroad, Las Vegas was, in its earliest years, a watering stop for that railroad's route. Gambling was, at the town's inception, legal in Nevada; it had been so since 1869. When the railroad laid out ...

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