Las Vegas is a city in the American state of Nevada. The city has a population of 567,641 people in 2009. It is the biggest city in Nevada. Las Vegas is also the county seat of Clark County in Nevada.
Mormon farmers first lived there in 1854. It was called Las Vegas by Spanish people. The name means The Meadows in the Spanish language. It had a lot of these in 1854. The city is known for its dry climate, as is the rest of southern Nevada. It is surrounded by deserts.
In 1905, 110 acres owned by William A. Clark, on which he built a railroad to Southern California were auctioned and Las Vegas was founded as a railroad town. Las Vegas officially became a city in 1911.
Las Vegas, also known by a shorter name, Vegas, is notable for its liberal policies on activities such as drinking and gambling. Gambling was made legal in the state of Nevada in 1931. In 1941, many hotels were built in Las Vegas with casinos in them. Las Vegas is sometimes called "Sin City" because so many people come to the city for gambling and drinking alcohol, two common "sins".
People come to Las Vegas for vacation, many hotels have different themes and have shows and events to get people to come there. Because of this, Las Vegas is called "The Entertainment Capital of the World".
Other websites [change]
- Official Las Vegas Tourism Site
- Official Government Site
- Las Vegas History
- Las Vegas travel guide
- Las Vegas Hotels
- Family Oriented Activity List
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