Vintage Portland: The City Of Roses Over Time

These days, Oregon’s most populous city is best known for its oddball residents, abundance of craft breweries, fiercely liberal agenda and, of course, Portlandia. Yet in 1843, Portland was little more than a chunk of land claimed by William Overton and Asa Lovejoy for just a 25-cent filing fee. Two years later, a coin toss decided that the city would be called “Portland” instead of “Boston,” and the rest is history.

Following the toss, a number of events would help form one of America’s coolest cities. In 1879, Portland’s first telephone lines were installed. Almost fifty years later in 1912, the city’s first rose garden was established, giving the Portland its official nickname: the Rose City.

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This Urban Treehouse Is Cooler Than Any Apartment

This urban treehouse is every city-dwelling, nature-loving person’s dream. For the first time ever, people in Turino, Italy can enjoy the convenience of living in the city without giving up the ease and beauty of nature. Named 25 Verde (aka 25 Green), this eco-friendly structure was designed by Italian architect Luciano Pia, who has been working on the designs since 2007. The five-story Italian building includes 63 units, tree-shaped steel support beams and a variety of trees and plants.

Urban Treehouse Green Design

Source: Bored Panda

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The World’s 10 Greenest Cities

While many in the world are still throwing their soda cans out of the car window, the Scandinavians are leading the green movement globally. According to a Green Global Economy Index report published in 2014, four of the top ten greenest cities are located in Scandinavia.

Cities were judged by their leadership on climate change, transportation, green investments and environmental capital. Part of the in-depth inspection of 60 countries and 70 cities includes analysis of how these nations and cities are developing more environmentally-friendly economies. The goal, of course, is to provide cities, countries, leaders and investors with information on how their green efforts stack up in relation to others, and what they might do to improve upon existing policies and planning.

1. Copenhagen, Denmark

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Vintage Las Vegas: From Humble City to Desert Metropolis

In 1900, only 22 people lived in Las Vegas. In fact, it wasn’t until 1930 when President Herbert Hoover–in the midst of the Great Depression–commissioned the Boulder Dam (renamed the Hoover Dam), that people began flooding to the city. Though a small but dedicated gambling community had existed for years, the Nevada state legislature only legalized local gambling in 1931. After the law was passed, casinos and hotels began popping up along Fremont Street, marking the birth of today’s beloved Strip.

These days more than 39 million people visit Las Vegas each year. Check out these vintage Las Vegas pictures to see the modest gambling city take shape over the past 80 years, eventually forming the desert metropolis it is today.

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First Las Vegas Gaming License

In 1931, the first Nevada Gaming License was issued to Mayme Stocker and J.H. Morgan. They opened the Northern Club five years later. Source: Las Vegas Sun


An aerial view of the Las Vegas’s iconic Fremont Street, sometime around the 1930s. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Vintage Las Vegas 1930s

Fremont Street in the early 1930s. Many of Las Vegas's first establishments were located on this street, including Eldorado Club, Golden Gate Hotel and the Pioneer Club. Source: Vintage Everyday

Vintage Las Vegas Female Gamblers

Women at one of the casinos off Fremont Street in the early 1940s. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

1940 Las Vegas at Night

Even in 1940, Las Vegas was a spectacular evening attraction. Source: UNLV

Vintage Last Frontier

In 1944, the Hotel Last Frontier embodied an old western theme. Eventually the hotel reopened as the New Frontier Hotel, transforming from an old-west theme to a space-age theme. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Faro Gamblers

A gambler and Faro dealer in 1940. The man standing up was the game’s “lookout,” a person who was charged with making sure that players didn’t cheat. Source: Offbeat Oregon

Vintage Sands Hotel Casino

Sands Hotel and Casino (seen here in the 1950s) was the seventh resort to open on the Las Vegas strip. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Frontier Club 1940

The Frontier Club at night in the 1940s. Source: Vintage Everyday

Showgirls in Las Vegas

Vegas showgirls pose for a picture circa 1953. Source: Maudelynn's Menagerie

Vintage Las Vegas Thunderbird Hotel

The entrance to the Thunderbird Hotel in the 1950s. The Thunderbird Hotel was the only resort that contained a bowling alley. It was also the first to feature a porte-cochere. Source: UNLV

Vintage Las Vegas Postcard

This vintage Las Vegas postcard (postmarked in 1958) depicts Fremont Street at night. Source: Postcard Roundup

Las Vegas Horse Races

For a few years, horse race results were listed on boards, allowing gamblers to bet on the races at any time. Source: SFGate

Vintage Golden Nugget Casino

The Golden Nugget in 1960. Originally built in 1946, it is one of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. Source: Gorillas Don't Blog

Gambling in Vegas 1960

Patrons at a Las Vegas casino in 1960. Source: iBytes

Jackie Gaughan Vintage Las Vegas

Jackie Gughan, posing here in front of El Cortez Hotel and Casino, was considered one of the fathers of Las Vegas. He had stake in about a quarter of downtown Las Vegas, and owned multiple casinos and hotels. Source: LA Times

Vintage Las Vegas Billboard

A billboard advertising Jerry’s Nugget in the 1960s. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Vintage Las Vegas Aerial View

An aerial view of the Las Vegas strip in 1964. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Las Vegas 1964

Visitors walk through the Las Vegas strip in 1964. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Jane Fonda Las Vegas Wedding

In 1965, Jane Fonda married Roger Vadim at the Dunes. Source: Las Vegas 360

Vegas Blackjack Dealers

Women in sheer tops work as blackjack dealers in 1966. Source: iBytes

Las Vegas Wedding 1970

In 1970, couples could get married at The Little Chapel of the Flowers for just $15. Source: SFGate

MGM Before the Fire

The old MGM building in the 1970s, before the fire that claimed 85 lives in November of 1980. Source: Vintage Las Vegas

Modern-Day Las Vegas

Las Vegas in 2014. Source: Samsung

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