History & Evolution
The history of the young Las Vegas can be traced back to 1829, when a
Mexican trader Antonio Armijo leading a party came exploring this desert and
discovered an oasis. The abundance of spring water he found here also
shortened the Spanish trail to Los Angeles. Therefore, the traders were so
thankful for the shortened trip that they named this convenient desert oasis
Las Vegas meaning "the Meadows" in Spanish.
The next visitor to the region was John C. Fremont in 1844. He is still
remembered today as his name graces one of the most spectacular streets in
Las Vegas, The Fremont Street. Ten years later came the Mormon settlers to
colonize the valley and gifted the city a 150 square foot adobe brick fort,
which now is the oldest structure in Las Vegas.
Nothing interesting really happened in Las Vegas until 1904 when railroad
started establishing in Vegas. The period between 1904- 1946 was the time
when the city really established itself. During this period two such things
happened that forever changed the city's future path. On the one hand
construction of Hoover Dam began and on the other hand, casino gambling was
legalized. Between this period Las Vegas also became an incorporated city in
1911 when it adopted its first charter. For next few years the city
struggled as a small town an infamous New York mobster opened his Flamingo
Hotel in 1946.
After the opening of legendary Bugsy Siegel's Flamingo Hotel in 1946, on
what became todays Las Vegas Strip, began the era of Resort building
in Las Vegas which continued to accelerate in 1950s. The internationally
famous Moulin Rouge Hotel-Casino was opened in 1955 at a time when blacks
were not welcomed at Strip casinos. But all races frequented the Moulin
Rouge, which was built to accommodate the growing black population.
In 1980, the fire in MGM Grand Hotel was the worst disaster in Nevada
history. In 1990, the silver dome in the city was demolished to build
convention center expansion under Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Authority, which today attracts millions of convention delegates.
Since then there has been no looking back for Vegas as thousands of hotels,
casinos, resorts and theme park sprang up all over the city area making it
the Entertainment Capital of the World.
Las Vegas, besides having some of the largest and most elaborated
attractions on earth, is a major attraction in itself as a whole. With
spectacular Roller Coasters rides, Art Exhibits, Museums, Hotel Shopping
Malls, World Famous Restaurants, world-famous casinos and many other grand
Entertainment Centers, Las Vegas has everything to keep you occupied
throughout your vocation.
Besides gambling being its major area of interest, its mind-boggling sites
and entertaining festivities and fairs also attracts many.
AdventureDome Theme Park:
AdventureDome is one of the world's largest air-conditioned theme parks and
is a perfect place to escape Vegas's summer heat. Under the dome of this
park are mountains of thrills from the Canyon Blaster (a double loop roller
coaster), Chaos (hurling riders in three ranges of motion) and a Rum Runner
(a wild and wet indoor flume ride).
The Canyon Blaster is the world's biggest indoor, double-loop,
double-corkscrew rollercoaster with more than 55mph speed. Besides these,
other park favorites are bumper cars, a swinging pirate ship, a Ferris
wheel, a rock-climbing wall, an 18-hole miniature golf course, a virtual
reality zone and plenty of games.
South Las Vegas Boulevard
Eiffel Tower (Replica):
This replica Eiffel Tower located at Paris Las Vegas, is an exact
reproduction of the French landmark and is signature of the Las Vegas
A visit to this 460ft high Tower includes an elevator ride to the top, with
a stunning, picturesque view of the valley.
Its also has a restaurant on the 11th floor serving French cuisine, with
lamb seasoned to perfection and foie gras unlike any other.
South Las Vegas Boulevard
Founded in 1979 by the late entertainer Liberace, the museum features "Mr.
Showmanship's" jewelry, rare antiques, unsurpassed wardrobe, unique and
historical pianos and his custom car collection. The money earned by the
museums goes to The Liberace Foundation funding scholarships for
Performing and Creative Arts since 1976. Divided into two areas, the
building one of Liberace houses the Piano and Car Galleries and building two
showcases the Costume and Jewelry Collections, a re-creation of Liberace's
Palm Springs bedroom and a Awards Gallery.
East Tropicana Avenue
Promoted as the "tallest freestanding observation tower" in US,
Stratosphere stands 1,149 ft high. Home to four thrill rides, the tower
recently introduced a one of its kind insanity ride consisting of an arm
that extends out 64 ft over the edge of the Tower that spins passengers up
to three times in the shape of 'G'.
This ride not only gives thrill of being flung over the edge of the Tower
but can also provide an obstructed view of historic downtown Las Vegas but
only to those riders who are brave enough to experience three 'G's' at a
height of more than 900 ft.
The tower also offers both indoor and outdoor observation decks along with
a lounge, restaurants, meeting rooms and panoramic views of the Strip and
Las Vegas Boulevard
The Fremont Street Experience:
The Fremont Street Experience is a 5-block open-air landscaped strip of
outdoor snack shops, vendor carts and colorful stalls displaying food and
merchandise. Also known as 'Glitter Gulch', the street is full of bright
neon signs and thousands of flashing lights. The Vegas Vic and Sassy Sal are
two of the nations best-known neon icons.
Further the street is home to some of the city's most famous vintage
casinos like Golden Nugget and Gold Spike and also most of the strip clubs
and stage shows. Therefore, to experience the true entertainment of Las
Vegas, Fremont Street Experience is the place to be.