Happy Birthday Las Vegas - you've come a long way baby!

Written by Joan Ewart

Las Vegas is celebrating its 100th Birthday this year.

What would it take to entice people to an arid, dusty, brown spot ofrepparttar country? A land auction started it off, in May of 1905 you could buy a parcel of Clark's Las Vegas Town site for $200.00, these were exceptionally far-sighted people if you ask me. First of all can you imagine being in Las Vegas inrepparttar 147358 early 1900's without air conditioning? This was not a deterrent to these "hardy" pioneers. Just one-year later Miller's Hotel was built andrepparttar 147359 rush was on, because after all now people had a place to stay. Miller's was onrepparttar 147360 corner of Fremont and Main. Today, renamed The Golden Gate Hotel, in deference torepparttar 147361 earthquake that nearly destroyed San Francisco in 1906 still stands onrepparttar 147362 corner of Fremont and Main and they still serve their signature "99 cent shrimp cocktail", which is a much better bet that it was in those days.

Las Vegas was incorporated in 1911, gambling, drinking and prostitution were declared illegal...but divorce was not and inrepparttar 147363 1920's dude ranches started popping up around Reno,repparttar 147364 rich and famous could establish residency for six weeks and get "unhitched" from whatever mate they may have had. This wasrepparttar 147365 publicity that started to put Nevada intorepparttar 147366 limelight.

Another big attraction occurred when gambling was legalized inrepparttar 147367 early 1930s. The government started work on Hoover Dan and brought thousands of workers torepparttar 147368 area. Just think about being stuck inrepparttar 147369 middle ofrepparttar 147370 desert with nothing to do with your money, so bars and casinos were thoughtfully provided.

Inrepparttar 147371 early 1940s, what would become know as "The Strip" was a 3 mile stretch of Highway 91, onrepparttar 147372 new road to and from California. El Rancho wasrepparttar 147373 very first casino to open in 1941 on what would later become know as "The Strip". Their address was Highway 91, Las Vegas Nevada with their "Opera House" theater restaurant, and "Monte Carlo" casino...and also in 1941, El Cortez opened in what is today downtown Las Vegas. El Cortez advertised that they were "Big enough to serve you - Small enough to want to". How's that for an advertising slogan? They also touted a Coffee Shop, Casino, Cocktail Lounge and Bar, and Complete Dinners from $2.95 Inrepparttar 147374 meantime, back on "The Strip",repparttar 147375 New Frontier opened in 1942 and The Flamingo, Bugsy Siegel's dream opened in 1946. Las Vegas was on its way.

The next major milestone for Nevada was Atom Bomb Testing, this brought scads of tourists to Vegas inrepparttar 147376 1950s, they also discovered Las Vegas, along withrepparttar 147377 mushroom clouds. Vegas Vic,repparttar 147378 neon cowboy on Fremont Street would just wave them on in.

The 1960s wererepparttar 147379 glamour days in Las Vegas, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis andrepparttar 147380 Rat Pack ruled supreme. The days of cigarettes and martinis (notrepparttar 147381 glorified watered down ones of today) butrepparttar 147382 real stuff, where even a drop of vermouth might be too much! Everybody dressed in beautiful clothes; it wasrepparttar 147383 order ofrepparttar 147384 day, no jeans, no shorts, just elegance and sophistication. No kids either! Sinning was in full gear, maybe not out and out, as it was to become inrepparttar 147385 1970s, but perhaps more exciting than even today. The lounge lizards were out in force as well, nothing could top sitting inrepparttar 147386 lounges afterrepparttar 147387 last headliner show and watchingrepparttar 147388 likes of Louis Prima, Keeley Smith or Sam Buterra. It was truly a special time in Las Vegas history. Beforerepparttar 147389 mega hotels or resorts, beforerepparttar 147390 corporations. Great deals on food and rooms.

Super Summer Beach Breaks To Europe from Superbreak

Written by Robin Richmond

Treat yourself to a short break to a European beach destination this summer! Superbreak http://www.superbreak.com offers special value-for-money weekend hotel packages to allrepparttar favourites, including Majorca, Ibiza, Turkey,repparttar 147307 Greek island of Zante andrepparttar 147308 Costa del Sol from as little as £11 per person per night. Zante £11pppn - Enjoy a short break of Greek salad and Ouzo staying atrepparttar 147309 three star Savvas Apartments in Laganas onrepparttar 147310 Greek island of Zante. Located just 800 metres fromrepparttar 147311 nearest beach and just 300 metres fromrepparttar 147312 resort centre,repparttar 147313 apartment complex offers pool side bar and restaurant, a large sun terrace, two swimming pools, waterslide, children’s pool and Jacuzzi. The price of £11 per person per night, based on two sharing a studio apartment is on a self catering basis. Valid every day ofrepparttar 147314 week throughout July and August. Turkey £15.75pppn – Turkey has some ofrepparttar 147315 most beautiful beaches. Stay atrepparttar 147316 two star Flamingo Apartments in Marmaris, located just 100 metres fromrepparttar 147317 beach in this lively resort. Facilities include public gardens, snack bar, swimming pool, children’s playground and bars and restaurants are close by. The price of £15.75 per person per night is on a self catering basis, based on two people sharing a one bed roomed apartment. Valid every day ofrepparttar 147318 week throughout July and August. Majorca £17.50pppn - Stay atrepparttar 147319 three star Bellevue Apartments inrepparttar 147320 popular resort of Alcudia and enjoyrepparttar 147321 beautiful beaches ofrepparttar 147322 north coast of Majorca. The apartments have facilities including seven swimming pools and seven pool bars. The price of £17.50 per person per night is based on a studio for two people on self catering basis. Valid every day ofrepparttar 147323 week throughout September.

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