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May 15, 2020

A new documentary chronicling the city of Las Vegas from 1920 to 1930 is now airing.

 

“The City of Las Vegas, the Early Years,” was commissioned by the Commission for the Las Vegas Centennial, and focuses on the early history of our city. Part 1 of the documentary was released on May 15, 2019 and focused on the founding and first 20 years of the community. Part 2 of the documentary produced by Boyd Productions LLC, will focus on the 1920s.

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.

Catch up on the first episode of the documentary which focuses on early history from 1905-1920.