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Book Introduction

     Traveling with Spanish traders on their way to California in the early 1800’s, Rafael Rivera was the first to stumble across an oasis in the middle of Nevada’s stark and sizzling desert valley with bubbling, natural springs and tall, wild grasses. The valley was named “Las Vegas,” Spanish for “The Meadows.”

     By 1905, the town of Las Vegas, with a population of eight-hundred, was founded. Some years later, the Nevada state legislature passed two landmark laws, legalizing gambling and liberalizing divorce laws so that “quickie” divorces could be acquired after six weeks of residency. Awaiting their freedom, these short term residents stayed at dude ranches, the forerunners of the hotels that populate the strip today.

     The race was on to create the best casinos and accommodations in Las Vegas. Exciting in their day, Las Vegas hot spots like The Sands, and Sahara became synonymous with Frank Sinatra and his very hip Rat Pack.

     The invention of neon signs in the 1940’s gave Las Vegas a dazzling, new way to flaunt its attractions. Soon, brilliantly illuminated signs, each bigger and brighter than the next, decorated The Strip, beckoning motorists from miles away.

     Since the wild days of the 1950’s and 1960’s, Las Vegas has matured into a sophisticated playground. Luxurious mega-resorts continue to draw tourists in new and imaginative ways with massive casinos where lady luck has never looked more appealing and quality shows include some of the most talented entertainers in the world.

     Away from the whir of casinos and bright lights, photographer Randa Bishop also captures the slower pace of Las Vegas’ surrounding areas. Beautiful images of Paiute Indian dancers and panoramics of fabulous Red Rock Canyons are just some of the many jewels that Nevada has to offer.

 




   
MANHATTAN EXPRESS
Featuring the world’s first heartline twist-and-dive maneuver, the Manhattan Express at New York-New York Hotel & Casino pays tribute to the famous Coney Island roller coaster. This whiteknuckle ride boldly travels through both the hotel’s interior and exterior. The coaster’s cars are brightly painted to emulate the yellow checker cabs once found on the streets of the Big Apple.

LOWER MANHATTAN
New York-New York Hotel & Casino celebrates lower Manhattan with an impressive 150-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty and the historic Ellis Island building, complete with fireboats in New York Harbor.
 
 

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