History Attractions in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is a city with a short history, but it's a colorful history. Once a dusty outpost known for its springs, Las Vegas was catapulted into modern times with a combination of railroad, legalized gambling, and the construction of a huge dam. Las Vegas history is full of memorable characters and harsh conditions, and several places around the valley have been preserved to keep that history alive.

Hoover Dam was fully completed in 1936. It created much-needed jobs in the middle of the Great Recession, demonstrated the engineering know-how of a generation, and controlled the flow of a river that had defied control for decades. The exterior of the dam is Art Deco, and the interior of the dam is a feat of modern building expertise. Not far from Hoover Dam, the Nevada State Railroad Museum still offers rides along a portion of the tracks that were put down in 1931 while the dam was under construction.

The Springs Preserve is on the site that gave Las Vegas its name (Las Vegas means "the meadows" in Spanish), and a museum is only one of the attractions at the Springs. In the desert, water sources draw people and animals, and the Springs is no exception. The Old Mormon Fort, just a few miles east of the Springs, is the site of the original Mormon pioneer settlement. The preserved ranch house holds what's left of the oldest non-native structure in Nevada.

Modern history can be found just a couple of blocks from the Fort. The Neon Museum & Boneyard is the resting place for the signs of the Old Vegas. The museum is working towards opening a visitor's center, but until then, tours are by appointment only.

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Hoover Dam

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PO Box 61470 (Mailing Address)

One of the world's largest dams... read more

Springs Preserve

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333 S. Valley View Blvd

The birthplace of Las Vegas... read more

Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park

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500 E Washington Ave

Las Vegas' original Mormon settlement... read more

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Spring Mountain Ranch State Park

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6375 Highway 159

Historic buildings in beautiful surroundings...
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Nevada State Railroad Museum in Boulder City

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600 Yucca Street

Ride on historic trains... read more

Clark County Museum

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1830 S. Boulder Hwy

A museum with a street of authentic Old Vegas homes... read more

Floyd Lamb Park

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9200 Tule Springs Road

Originally known as Tule Springs. Historic site with ponds, fishing, and picnicking... read more

The Atomic Testing Museum

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755 E. Flamingo Rd

The history of the atomic bomb and the Nevada Test Site... read more

Corn Creek

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Highway 95, about 23 miles north of Las Vegas

Trails and ponds at the entrance to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge... read more

Neon Museum & Boneyard

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821 Las Vegas Boulevard

Vintage Old Vegas neon signs... read more
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