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Las Vegas is a city in the state of Nevada in the United States. It is officially known as the City of Las Vegas and commonly referred to as Vegas. It is the 28th-most populated city in the United States and the most populated city in the state of Nevada.
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Key Facts & Information
- Las Vegas is a spanish term for the phrase “The Meadows”.
- Las Vegas is also the county seat or administrative center of Clark County.
- It is the largest city in the Mojave Desert.
- Las Vegas is internationally famous for being a resort city, known for activities such as gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife.
DISCOVERY AND FOUNDATION
- The site where the City of Las Vegas is today was the home of Native Americans in pre-colonial times. It was a place where Native Americans farmed and grew corn and squashes.
- Antonio Armijo, a Spanish trader, led a group of people through the area and they called it “Las Vegas” which means “The Meadows.”
- Later on in 1844, the region was explored by John C. Fremont. He was an American explorer who came from the US Topographical Corps.
- A group of Mormons settled temporarily in early Las Vegas in 1855. Later on, they left the settlement in 1858.
- Las Vegas started having permanent settlers in 1865. The first known permanent settler was Octavius Gass. He set up a ranch called the Las Vegas Ranch. In 1881, the ownership of the ranch passed to Archibald Stewart.
- In 1884, Archibald Stewart died and passed the ranch to Helen Archibald, his wife, who took over.
- In 1903, Helen Archibald sold the ranch to a railroad company. The company planned to construct a railroad on it, which they did in 1905. When the railroad was finished, a new town was founded.
CITY BEGINNINGS AND GROWTH
- The City of Las Vegas was officially founded in 1911, when at that time, Las Vegas was only a small settlement with a population of 1,000 citizens.
- It took nine years for the city’s population to double. In 1920, the city population was about 2,000.
- In 1931, the construction of the Hoover Dam began which resulted in a significant growth of population in the city.
- 1931 was also the year when Las Vegas legalized gambling, which welcomed more residents to the city.
- In 1941, the first resort on the Las Vegas Strip opened, named El Rancho Vegas.
- It was followed by other establishments such as The Dolphin in 1946, and the Riviera in 1955.
- By 1960, the City Las Vegas already has a population of 65,000 citizens.
- In the year 1966, Howard Hughes, a millionaire, moved to Las Vegas.
- Caesars Palace also opened in 1966.
- Circus Circus opened in 1968.
- The Liberace Museum opened in 1979.
- The Fremont Street Experience was built in 1995.
ATTRACTIONS AND CULTURE
- The Luxor Hotel located in Las Vegas is an eye-catching establishment that looks like an egyptian pyramid, with 30 storeys covered in bronze-colored-glass with a Sphinx and obelisk.
- Las Vegas was not established in 1905 to be a gambling city. In fact, a law prohibited it in 1910. In spite of such laws, gambling continued underground and was legalized in 1931.
- Ironically, even though Las Vegas is home to gambling, the state of Nevada does not allow the lottery.
- As the Article IV, Sec. 24 of the state constitution states, “No lottery shall be authorized by this state, nor shall the sale of lottery tickets be allowed.”
- There are 130,000 hotel rooms in Las Vegas.
- The sum of the rooms of the four largest establishments (Tropicana, Excalibur, MGM Grand, and New York-New York) is greater than the entire city of San Francisco. Vegas, having such a high number of rooms, is still 90% occupied most of the time.
- Las Vegas is famous for its flashiness bought by neon lights in various establishments at night. In fact, there are approximately 15,000 miles of neon tubing in Vegas.
- Vegas is a place for weddings. Statistics show that there are over 500 weddings that happen in Vegas daily, which adds up to over 100,000 weddings each year.
- In addition, this is also due to the fact that a marriage license is easily obtained in Vegas, as people only need a driver’s license or a passport and about $55 to obtain it within 20 minutes.
- Las Vegas is a City with a colossal appetite.
- To simply illustrate how much food the city consumes daily, about 60,000 pounds of shrimp is consumed each day in Las Vegas.
- More than what is consumed in the whole United States daily.
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- Las Vegas Facts
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