Las Vegas is unique among U.S. cities. Las Vegas is the most populous city in the state of Nevada. Las Vegas is the 29th-most populous city in the United States, with a population of 603,488 at the 2015 United States Census Estimates. This destination is famous for luxury casinos and show palaces offering non-stop recreation. The city has over the years become synonymous with glitter and glamour. Las Vegas since the late 1980s has acquired another identity as a center for business, finance, transportation, and services; still the "Entertainment Capital of the World," it has actively and successfully cultivated a diversified economy.
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LAS VEGAS: PREHISTORY AND FOUNDING
Nevada for more than 10,000 years, and members of the Paiute tribe were in the area as early as A.D. 700. The first person of European ancestry to enter the Las Vegas valley was Rafael Rivera, who scouted the area in 1821 as part of Antonio Armijo’s expedition to open up a trade route—the Old Spanish Trail—between New Mexico and California. Rivera named the valley Las Vegas, “the meadows,” after its spring-watered grasses.
"Spanish Explorers" came through southern Nevada.
The Spanish Scout Rafael Riviera becomes first European in the Las Vegas Valley.
Archibald and Helen Stewart acquire Las Vegas Rancho from Octavius Decatur Gass for $5000.00.
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