Las Vegas, Nevada: Still a Frontier Town
Charming and small pictorial map of Las Vegas and surrounding area.
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This map, published in a promotional foldout for Las Vegas and Boulder Dam, depicts the area from Death Valley to Lake Mead and includes a decorative strapwork cartouche flanked by cowboys and prospectors. According to a corresponding text box, these dedicatory figures are “ageless symbols of courage who built the West” and the map represents the environment in which “the spirit of adventure, the conqueror of the unknown and the founder of empire” still existed. Even the title of the map alludes to the frontier nature of Las Vegas and the surrounding area; an interesting perspective to take by a local Chamber of Commerce.
However, the completion of the Hoover Dam in 1935 and the corresponding wide availability of electricity in the area shortly thereafter propelled Las Vegas (albeit slowly, at first) to the destination of bright lights we’re familiar with today. This side of the city can be seen through the illustrations of marriage ceremonies, raucous dance halls, golfing, rodeos and horse races, which are juxtaposed against scenes of mining, cattle driving and hunting in the neighboring regions.
Publication Date: 1939
Author: Raymond Winters
Sheet Width (in): 16
Sheet Height (in): 9
Condition Description: The map is in great shape with fold lines as originally issued and one 1.5" tear along the top (repaired on verso)