Here’s How Las Vegas Got Started (Explained)

Las Vegas is one of the most visited cities in the world, and you may be wondering how Las Vegas got started?

I’ve been wondering the same thing, so after a bit of research, here’s what I found.

In Spanish, Las Vegas means “The Meadows.”

Las Vegas In The Beginning – What’s in a Name?

It wasn’t until the mid-1850s that a small group of Mormon missionaries traveled to inhabit the Las Vegas Valley from southern Utah.

Las Vegas The Early Years (1855 – 1905)

Not long after the city was incorporated in 1911, Nevada State became the last state in the west to make gambling illegal.

Nevada Gambling Outlawed (1905 – 1929)

During off-hours, the construction workers went looking for a good time, and local businessmen and crime bosses were happy to cash in on the demand.

Crime Bosses and Sin City (1930 – 1941)

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