Rare Vintage Photos From The Early Days Of Las Vegas

Whether you call it Sin City, the City of Lights, the Capital of Second Chances, or America’s Playground, you probably know that Las Vegas is a place where people go to stir up trouble and have fun. While Vegas isn’t exactly tame by today’s standards, it’s got nothing on the Vegas of the past.

Keep reading to see some astounding vintage photographs of what Las Vegas looked like back in the day. Get ready for some real gangsters, gamblers, sharp-shooters, and daredevils.

Evel Knievel’s High Flying Stunt

Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty Images
Photo Credit: Bettmann/Getty Images

This is a photo of daredevil Evel Knievel sitting on his motorcycle in Las Vegas in 1967. That year, he attempted one of his most dangerous stunts. He hopped on his motorcycle and jumped over the giant water fountain outside Caesar’s Palace. The arrows on the photo above show you where his jump started and where it ended.

This man kept thousands of Las Vegas residents and visitors entertained with his wild antics. There has never been another quite like Evel Knievel.