Last Entry from the Vegas area
Trip Start May 01, 2013
186Trip End May 01, 2014
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We found a great Wetlands Park here in Clark County which is a huge boon for the Vegas area. There is a "wash" with full running water so the birds have a great place to spend the winter. We saw Coots, herons, grebes and even a road runner (meep, meep) - he was fast!
And here is my last history lesson on Las Vegas:
1800's - Las Vegas is Spanish for "the meadows" - it was once a green valley with desert spring waters
1904 - A construction camp was built here for railroad workers
1905 - 110 acres of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned off in what would become the downtown area.
1911 - Vegas was incorporated.
1931 - Nevada legalizes casino gambling. State reduces residency requirements for divorce to six weeks. Construction begins on the Boulder Canyon Project, now called Hoover Dam.
1929-1941 - A growing tourism industry and Hoover Dam construction enables Las Vegas to avoid economic disaster during the Great Depression.
1941 - The Las Vegas Army Air Corps Gunnery School is established. Currently known as Nellis Air force Base. It is home to the Air force aerobatic team called the Thunderbirds.
1945 - Notorious "Bugsy" Siegel is one of several owners of a downtown hotel cased the El Cortez. He went onto open the Flamingo hotel on the Vegas Strip. Both hotels are still in existence.
1951 - Atomic bomb testing begins 65 miles northwest of Vegas. Residents and visitors can witness the mushroom clouds from the city!
1940's- 1950's - Las Vegas becomes the gambling capital of the world.
1959 - "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign is created by resident Betty Willis, who never sought a trademark!
1989 - Entrepreneur Steve Wynn changes the face of the Las Vegas gambling industry by opening up the first mega-casino resort called The Mirage.
1995 - The five-block Fremont Street Experience, featuring 12.5 million LED lights and 550,000 watts of sound, opens downtown.
2012 - During "The Year of Downtown," $789 Million dollars worth of projects make their debut, helping to revitalize the urban area. These include The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Discovery children's Museum, The Mob Museum, the Neon Museum, a new City Hall complex and renovations for Zappos.com's new corporate headquarters.
And NOW, you are informed on all that is "VEGAS"...