| Las Vegas
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.
Photo courtesy of
UNLV Special Collections
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.