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May 18, 2022

A documentary series chronicling our city's history is now available. Part four will focus on the 1940s and will premiere on May 14 at 7:15 p.m.

Episode 4: the 1940s

Episode 3: the 1930s 

Episode 2: the 1920s 


Episode 1: early history from 1905-1920.

The documentary was funded by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial. The commission has established a grant program to support community initiatives that are of a historic nature, by utilizing the revenue generated from the special commemorative Las Vegas Centennial license plate.

The plate is available through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles, and features the famous "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign designed by Betty Whitehead Willis in 1959, which still stands in the median island south of Tropicana Avenue on Las Vegas Boulevard.

Since 2005, the commission has awarded more than $21 million in grants to projects like the Las Vegas Days Parade and Rodeo, as well as the restored, vintage neon signs that are in the medians on Las Vegas Boulevard downtown. The funds have also helped preserve the city’s history through projects like the Historic Westside School, the Neon Museum, and the Mob Museum.

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