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A picture history of "the entertainment capital." ('Sunset Picturial: Las Vegas, the Entertainment Capital')

A picture history of "the entertainment capital'

Nothing else in this country--or the world--is quite like Las Vegas, the West's big city of entertainment, gaming, conventions, bright lights, and constant growth. It's been expanding prodigiously since the early 1940s. And now, for the first time, all that glitz and growth have been handsomely documented in a new Sunset Pictorial: Las Vegas, The Entertainment Capital, by Donn Knepp (Lane Publishing Co., Menlo Park, Calif., 1987; $19.95 hardbound, $14.95 paperback).

In its 288 pages, with 644 black-and-white and color photographs (most by Las Vegas News Bureau photographers), the book takes you through the city's evolution. Six main chapters describe and show highlights of the early years and of each decade from the '40s through the '80s.

An index leads you to the pages where celebrities, acts, and clubs are shown or described. To get an idea of the book's broad scope, look at this sampling of just 10 consecutive names in the index: Flamingo, Flamingo Hilton, Peggy Fleming, Flower Drum Song, Wayland Flowers, Flying Palacios, Errol Flynn, Red Foley, Folies Bergere, Jane Fonda.

The book brings forth the fact that Las Vegas is the largest city in the United States founded in this century--at a 1905 land auction. The site was to be a major division point along the San Pedro, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake Railroad (today the Union Pacific). Construction of the Hoover Dam was the area's biggest event until 1941, when big-name entertainment began to move in. The back of the book gives a gambling guide and directions to other attractions in the city and area.

Photo: 1941: the strip gets its start, 3 miles out of town on U.S. 91, when this first hotel with big-name entertainment opens (with 63 rooms!)

Photo: 1987: Fremont Street, the city's main drag from the beginning, holds the Golden Nugget (on left) and the Union Plaza (tall at center)

Photo: 1962: Marlene Dietrich and Louis Armstrong demonstrate the Twist at the Riviera

Photo: New book tells and shows how Las Vegas grew into and became "the most exciting city in the world'
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Date:Nov 1, 1987
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