Las Vegas is one of America’s true cultural landmarks, but it wasn’t always that way.
The city that no other country could have produced was founded in 1905. By 1911, new legislation made Las Vegas the country’s mecca for quickie divorces. All one needed to do was spend six weeks in the state of Nevada to become a resident, and obtain a painless, easy divorce. To make their stay easier, divorcing individuals stayed at dude ranches, which were the forerunners of the big strip hotels that Las Vegas is now famous for.