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Civil Rights, Part I

The Moulin Rouge, Jackson Street and the so-called "block 16," all played a part in the history of desegregation in Las Vegas.

By 1955, West Las Vegas had grown enough for local and national investors to build a resort there. The Moulin Rouge was the first attempt at an integrated hotel-casino west of the railroad tracks. It was short-lived, but it made clear that African Americans wanted to gamble in a Strip-style setting... and that whites might gamble with them.

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