Did you know that today Las Vegas turned 113? It was on this day in 1905 that a land auction took place that formed Las Vegas. The land auction celebrated today sold off the areas between Stewart and Garces, Main and Fifth (the name was changed to Las Vegas Blvd. in 1959). Much of Downtown is part of the original Las Vegas townsite that was platted by William Clark (another townsite was platted by J. T. McWilliams in what is now known as the Historic Westside).
There are remnants of the earlier days of Las Vegas, if you know where to look: Woodlawn Cemetery (also established in 1905), Fremont Street (which was the first paved street in Las Vegas), Golden Gate Casino (originally built in 1905 - the old 4-story part of this building is from 1931), the Victory/Lincoln Hotel (built in 1910), Las Vegas Academy (the old Las Vegas High School that was built in 1930), The Mob Museum (originally the post office and courthouse that was built in 1933), the Historic Huntridge Theater (1944), and so much more!
If you want to find out more about historic Las Vegas, check out the following places:
- Nevada Preservation Foundation
- Nevada State Museum
- Clark County Museum
- Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort
- The Neon Museum
- The Mob Museum
1931: The first gaming license in Nevada was issued to Mayme Stocker at the Northern Club on Fremont Street. Any guesses on what this casino later became? #HappyBirthdayVegas pic.twitter.com/soODJ7pIV1— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) May 15, 2018
Tennessee Congressman Carey Estes Kefauver held hearings into the mob at the U.S. Post Office and Courthouse. This historic building at 300 Stewart Ave. is still in use today and is the home of @TheMobMuseum #HappyBirthdayVegas pic.twitter.com/2zv4AMSFSp— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) May 15, 2018
Starting in the mid 1980s, a period of unprecedented growth began. Annual population increases averaging nearly seven percent caused the city's population to almost double between 1985 and 1995, increasing 97.6 percent from 186,380 to 368,360. pic.twitter.com/wBug9nKP9n— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) May 15, 2018