Las Vegas

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Las Vegas
City
City of Las Vegas
Downtown Las Vegas skyline looking south, with the Las Vegas Valley in the background.

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Location of the city of Las Vegas within Clark County, Nevada
Country United States
States Nevada
Settled May 15, 1905
Incorporated (city) March 16, 1911
County seats Clark
Population (2010)
 • City 596,424
 • Urban 1,314,356
  (30th most in the U.S.)

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.

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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.

The US Army built Fort Baker there in 1864. Las Vegas has springs so people used to stop there for water when they were going to Los Angeles or other places in California.

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.

Culture[change | change source]

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".

Las Vegas is also known for its many casinos, decorated with various bright colours. Some casinos include Caesars Palace, a Roman Empire themed casino, Bellagio, a Bellagio, Italy themed casino, Paris Las Vegas, a Paris themed casino, Monte Carlo Las Vegas, a Monte Carlo, Monaco themed casino, and New York New York, a New York City themed casino. The city of Las Vegas is in downtown Las Vegas. People who visit Las Vegas in the Las Vegas Strip are mostly in Paradise, Nevada, the other is in Winchester, Nevada not in the city of Las Vegas.

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Website
Official Las Vegas Tourism Site
Official Government Site
Las Vegas History
Las Vegas travel guide
Las Vegas Hotels
Family Oriented Activity List