1920s: Not Just A Railroad Stop


A Depression Leads to Opportunity

The railroad companies move repair shops to Caliente, bringin an economic depression to Southern Nevada. The Chamber pushes tourism and the upcoming construction of Boulder Dam to rebuild the local economy.


Eye in the Sky

Passenger air service begins on Western Express Airlines; Las Vegas is the only intermediate stop. The Chamber appoints Robert Griffith, E.W. Griffith's son, to look into an airfield to service Western Express flights. The original airfield site is now the corner of Sahara and Paradise.


Connecting California...

With Jim Cashman, Sr.'s election as County Commissioner, the roads to and from Las Vegas receive a momentous boost of support. Using Clark County equipment and San Bernardino County funds, a road is erected between Las Vegas and the Mountain Pass near Baker, California...now known as the I-15.



Cragin & Pike, the Chamber's most longtime members, open the El Portal Theatre on Fremont Street, just in time for the new wave of "talkie" motion pictures. Ernie Cragin would be elected mayor of the city in 1931 and lead a high-profile and prestigious career in business and politics.


Ronzone: A Legacy Family

The Ronzone family moves to Las Vegas and opens the first of many successful department stores, building a legacy in Las Vegas that lasts for decades. Their son, Dick, would later become the president of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, as well as a County Commissioner and an official with the Southern Nevada Water Authority, among many other family accolades.


Boulder Dam Breaks Ground

Work starts on Boulder Dam. One-time Chamber director and the "Father of Las Vegas," Charles "Pop" Squires, is instrumental in facilitating Nevada's involvement in the construction of the Dam.