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Neon Nights

Nevada is known around the world as a place offering fun and instant fortune. The Corbett-Fitzsimmons championship boxing match in 1897 was the first time Nevada attracted national attention for allowing an event that was illegal everywhere else in the country. About the same time, the state’s liberal residency laws (six weeks eventually) began attracting people looking for a speedy divorce, and more often, a quick marriage, laying the foundation for the tourist industry in the process. Gambling was made legal in Nevada in 1931 in order to support tourism and business in the face of the Great Depression.

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