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old picture of the town
Early Las Vegas
Photo courtesy of
UNLV Special Collections
Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish. Before there was a town here, people stopped at springs in Las Vegas to drink and cool off while traveling.

Then the railroad built a rail station here. On May 15, 1905, Las Vegas began as a town when the railroad sold land to people, who then moved here.

No one would have moved to Las Vegas a hundred years ago if there had not been water here.