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1905: How Las Vegas Was Founded and the Meaning of Its Name

1905: How Las Vegas Was Founded and the Meaning of Its Name
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Commons / Desert scene near Red Rock Canyon in the Las Vegas area

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 15 May 1905
  • Las Vegas got its name after green meadows, which were on that spot because there was water from underground artesian wells (the surrounding land is wasteland). That water enabled the foundation of the city in the desert.

On this day, in the U. S. state of Nevada, the City of Las Vegas was founded. The name of the state and the city came from Spanish language.

Namely, Nevada means “snowy” (after the Sierra Nevada mountain range) and Las Vegas means “The Meadows”.

Las Vegas got that name after green meadows, which were on that spot because there was water from underground artesian wells (the surrounding land is wasteland).

That water enabled the foundation of the city in the desert and another important factor was the railroads built there, which connected Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.

On this day in 1905 Las Vegas was founded as a railway city on one of the stops. The city initially had only 45 hectares, but it grew rapidly.

Today Las Vegas, with the surrounding area, has approximately 2,000,000 inhabitants and if it continues to grow at this rate, by the year 2040 it should probably surpass New York.

It is interesting to note that in Las Vegas territory over 110,000 weddings are performed. First legal casino, the “Northern Club”, was opened in 1931.

Today, most casinos are located on the famous Strip, about 7 km long road surrounded by hotels and casinos.

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