I’ve been researching the history of gambling in United States and noticed that Nevada, synonymous with gambling today, once had a ban on this activity. Here it is mentioned that Nevada had legalized gambling till 1860s, but decided to impose a ban on it in 1909, which continued for about two decades. I’m intrigued to know the reasons behind this move, considering the state’s modern association with gambling.
While there are articles that cover about Nevada’s re-legalization of gambling in 1931, I couldn’t find much on why it decided to ban this practice in the first place. Were there societal or economical factors that led to this decision? I understand that issues around gambling can be complex, such as challenges related to crime, addiction and societal welfare. Was the ban influenced by any of these factors?
Given that Nevada has a strong economy driven by tourism and gambling today, it’s fascinating that it once had a completely opposite stance on gambling. Revisiting this history could offer interesting insights for areas considering the introduction or removal of gambling laws. I’d appreciate if anyone with knowledge on this topic could share their insights.