Las Vegas in 1943


When this aerial photograph was taken in 1943, Las Vegas, Nevada, was undergoing dramatic change. After the completion of the nearby Hoover Dam and the legalization of gambling in the 1930s, population and development grew rapidly in the city. Las Vegas Boulevard, including the famous section nicknamed “the Strip,” can be seen just to the right of the ellipse near the middle of the photograph.

National Archives, Records of the Defense Intelligence Agency