Title

The Promotion of Las Vegas by Local Newspaper Editors (1905-1950)

Presenter Information

Laura Welsch

Department

History and Political Science

Major

History

Research Advisor

Gragg, Larry Dale, 1950-

Advisor's Department

History and Political Science

Funding Source

Missouri S& T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Program

Abstract

Everyone knows the extravagant Las Vegas of today, but who knows the city's development from its humble beginnings as a desert railroad town? This research explores how local newspaper editors used their papers to advance Las Vegas. Based on Las Vegas Age and Las Vegas Review-Journal articles, prominent editors acted as boosters for the city's development during the first half of the twentieth century by emphasizing its attractions, supporting the Chamber of Commerce, and advocating for town improvements. By the 1950s, the residents of Las Vegas had attempted to promote several ventures such as agriculture, mining, and natural desert wonders. However, Las Vegas was widely unknown throughout the country until the construction of Hoover Dam in the early 1930s. The newspaper editors used their media to promote Las Vegas construction and organizations, encourage resident participation, and downplay unfavorable news of the city.

Biography

Laura is a junior studying for her bachelor's degree in history. She works in the university's History and Political Science Department and the Missouri S& T Archives. She is a member of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. After graduation, she plans to attend graduate school to pursue a degree in public history or museum studies.

Research Category

Arts and Humanities

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Award

Arts and humanities poster session: First place

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

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The Promotion of Las Vegas by Local Newspaper Editors (1905-1950)

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Everyone knows the extravagant Las Vegas of today, but who knows the city's development from its humble beginnings as a desert railroad town? This research explores how local newspaper editors used their papers to advance Las Vegas. Based on Las Vegas Age and Las Vegas Review-Journal articles, prominent editors acted as boosters for the city's development during the first half of the twentieth century by emphasizing its attractions, supporting the Chamber of Commerce, and advocating for town improvements. By the 1950s, the residents of Las Vegas had attempted to promote several ventures such as agriculture, mining, and natural desert wonders. However, Las Vegas was widely unknown throughout the country until the construction of Hoover Dam in the early 1930s. The newspaper editors used their media to promote Las Vegas construction and organizations, encourage resident participation, and downplay unfavorable news of the city.