When most people think of Las Vegas, they paint a bright strip lights, beautiful and spacious hotel, as well as the diversity and magnificence of the famous casino. Today, you are never far from the glitz and glamor of bright and exciting nightlife. But as the brief history of Las Vegas, Nevada, it was not always so.
At the time, what is now in Las Vegas, but in fact most of southern Nevada was rich in water and vegetation. From the river retreated and marshy swamps dried up over time. What was once a magnificent and vibrant wetlands became scorched desert. But water trapped occasionally surfaced, nourishing the plant and creating an oasis in the desert some.
This oasis in the Mojave Desert was hidden for everyone – with the exception of some Native Americans – up to 1829. It was then that a small group of researchers from Mexico discovered it and called it Las Vegas, which in Spanish means "the meadows".
Until the 1850s, the early Mormon settlers arrived from Salt Lake City. By the early 1900s, Las Vegas has become a stop on the route of the railway, which is developing. This in turn caused an increase in local stores, saloons and boarding houses. The initial stop is located where is now Plaza hotel on Fremont Street in downtown. It is the world's only train station located within the resort and casino.
Several factors in the history of Las Vegas, Nevada led to its expansive growth from the 1930s to the present day. Gambling was legalized in Nevada. The development of the railway continued at a steady pace. And the beginning of a huge project for the construction of the Hoover Dam. All three of these factors allowed Las Vegas expand and blossom, while many other cities were kept difficulties depression.
This early growth triggered construction of the first hotels on the fact that after should be the famous strip of Las Vegas. This construction boom, which is more or less continues to this day.
The only name that is left of the 1940's, the Flamingo. Currently, Flamingo Hilton, this property was one of the first developed as a hotel and casino on the strip.
Until the 1950s, it has been added to several resorts and Vegas continued to flourish, including the Sands Hotel, Riviera, Tropicana and Stardust. Later, a large conference center to attract business travelers has been created.
If you enjoy today's colorful and exciting Vegas strip, get a moment to reflect on the history of Las Vegas, Nevada. Not so long ago the whole area lay hidden in the middle of the burned landscape.