Gambling on a Dream: The Classic Las Vegas Strip 1930-1955

Author(s): Lynn M. Zook 

ISBN: 9781634990677
£12.59 £17.99
The real and fascinating story of the Las Vegas Strip - The Entertainment Capital of the World.
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Everyone thinks they know the history of the Las Vegas Strip. But the real story is both fascinating and not well known. What was there before the Bellagio, the Wynn, the Venetian, or those empty plots of land that look out of place? Why is the Flamingo one of the oldest and most surviving hotels on the boulevard?

From conception to implosion, you get the detailed histories of the hotels built during those formative years, including the El Rancho Vegas, Hotel Last Frontier, Flamingo, Thunderbird, Wilbur Clark's Desert Inn, Sahara, Sands, Royal Nevada, Riviera, and the Dunes. Included in these histories are architectural designs, the neon signage, and how each of the hotels evolved. This book also includes rarely seen, historic imagery.

The dreamers, who saw the future like few others and who built these hotels, helped turn a five-mile stretch of blacktop highway into the Entertainment Capital of the World. This is the story of the first twenty-five years of the Classic Las Vegas Strip—how it began, and how it grew.
BOOK ISBN 9781634990677
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 240 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 29 October 2018
ILLUSTRATIONS 172 color and black-and-white photographs



Lynn M. Zook grew up in Las Vegas during a mythic time when legendary entertainers performed regularly in town. Large neon signs proclaimed who was appearing in the showrooms up and down the famed Las Vegas Strip. The history of her adopted hometown has always been important to her and she has strived to preserve it through her historic preservation projects and writings. She conducted over 100 oral histories with long-time Las Vegans, created a first-person documentary of the town’s history, and worked with others to save the Las Vegas she knew. She now shares that history through her blog,, and through her books.