History of Vegas
Las Vegas is found in the southern part of the U.S. state of Nevada in the Mojave Desert and is part of Clark County. Las Vegas is the largest city in Nevada. The population of Las Vegas is just under 619,000 with the metro population, consisting of Las Vegas, Paradise and Henderson coming in at just over 2¼ million. The area was named Las Vegas in 1829 by Raphael Rivera. He was part of a party travelling to Los Angeles who stopped enroute in search of a drink of H₂O. Nevada became a state in 1864. Las Vegas was founded in 1905 and incorporated in 1911. Nevada was the first state to legalize casino gambling. 1931 saw the first casino built on Highway 91, the Pair-o-Dice Club. The first casino built on what became known as “the strip” was the El Rancho Vegas, April 3, 1941. It was destroyed by fire in 1960. Mob boss Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Seigel opened The Flamingo in 1946. The area really started to build up and become a mega city destination in the 1980’s with the building of the Mirage. Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra were huge head liners that attracted tourists from all around. Today this tradition continues with huge mega stars and shows. Headliners include, Celine Dion, Donny & Marie, Elton John and Rod Stewart who continue to bring in tourists for a show and a bit of gambling. Must see historical sights are the Pioneer Saloon, the Bottle House, the Extraterrestrial Highway, Overland Hotel & Saloon, the Reno Arch and Virginia City. The Spanish meaning behind the name Las Vegas is “the meadows”. A few popular nicknames for Vegas are “the Silver State, “Sin City” and the “Entertainment Capital of the World”. Everyone has heard the famous saying…” What happens in Vegas-stays in Vegas”. The annual high temperature is 80°F and the low is 59°F making the average a pleasant 70°F.
Stratosphere Las Vegas, MGM Grand Las Vegas, Fremont Street Experience, The Venetian Las Vegas, New York-New York Hotel and Casino, Bellagio, Flamingo Las Vegas, The Linq, The Mirage, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island Hotel and Casino, Mob Museum, Paris Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay, Red Rock Canyon National Con, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Neon Museum, Golden Nugget Las Vegas, The Palazzo, Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Adventuredome, Las Vegas Springs Preserve, Big Shot, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
College & University
Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts Las Vegas, University of Nevada Las Vegas, Northwest Career College.
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