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Las Vegas, 1942. Population 20,000. Photos by Peter Stackpole.

“Most brightly lighted small-town thoroughfare in the U.S. is the boast of Las Vegas’ Fremont St. The gambling casinos, bars and hotels whose neon signs glitter on both sides of this street are open all around the clock, working three shifts like defense plants” – LIFE 12/21/42