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Something about the Nightlife & Fountains! - Las Vegas
Something about the Nightlife & Fountains!

Just wanted to say that this is a HUGE page and I do Not expect anyone to rate it all of it in one sitting or if you would like just rate whatever parts you want to or just browse. It is ever so growing. Las Vegas is a place that many hate or enjoy. I for one, enjoy it! There are many hidden treasures here.

Over 10,000 years ago, the Paleo Indians were nomads that hunt and gather as they passed through the Vegas valley. The Paiute Indians even made this area their home occasionally as well as the ancient ones, the Anasazi, who lived just north of Nevada along the riverbanks.

The valley lay in peace for many thousands of years until in 1829 a young scout Rafael Rivera found the valley to be abundant with grass and water, so a new trail was cut to the west. John Fremont was also scouting new trails and he too documented this area in 1844 while traveling the Mojave Road. Eventually, Nevada became the 36th state into the union in 1864, and in 1885, Nevada began offering parcels of land at $1.25 per acre making this a booming farming community. Then in 1900’s the railroads linked up and ran across the valley making Vegas an ideal rest stop for travelers.

Las Vegas became a city on May 15, 1905, but legalized gambling wasn’t official until March of 1931, although plenty of non legalized gambling was going on for many years. The construction of the Hoover Dam brought those seeking work during the depression, which Vegas began to benefit again from a population boom. During WWII, the valley became very popular with various defense contracts due to its ideal desolated locations, which brought many seeking work. After the war though, the Casino’s were still cashing in, with luring many with another kind of riches, “winning big time” at either cards, races, or the one-armed bandits. Who would knew that such a hot dry desolated area could lure so many. Let’s not forget the loads of sunshine probably didn’t hurt either. Or maybe, it was the top-notch accommodations, first-rate entertainment by many popular Hollywood celebrities such as the famed Rat Pack or Elvis Presley.

Paris fountain - Las Vegas

Paris fountain

I am still amazed how much Vegas has evolved. It has gone from a dusty farming community to the Mega size hotel, casino, and entertainment industry it is today. Is there a stronger word for Mega…….lol! Been coming here over the years since the 80’s and each lapse of some several years….”Wall-la!”, a new mega hotel has popped up on the landscape or a old one found itself imploded and replaced by another. I remember the Aladdin and now it’s called Planet Hollywood. Yet, Vegas offers loads of entertainment with sight and sounds. Some shows are pricey, but well worth the money if your willing. Let’s not forget the FREE entertainment too. Just about every casino has something to offer in regards to free entertainment. If your passing thru, stop by and check it out. You never know, you will either like it or you won’t, but you have to at least try at least once. HappyTrails!

First Lady of Las Vegas - Helen Stewart
(1854-1926) - Las Vegas


In 1882 Archibald Stewart moved his wife Helen and their three children to a 960 acre ranch that he bought from O.D. Gass that was once part of the Mormon Fort that had been established in 1855. Sadly two year later after establishing a profitable ranch. Archibald was shot and killed. His now widow wife, retrieved his body and made a coffin for him from the families doors. She stayed strong and remained at the ranch keeping the family together and ranch profitable. In 1893 the first post office was established naming it "Las Vegas". She later sold the ranch in 1902 to the railroad. She was known for her kindness to travelers, local Native Americans, and was very actived in her community till her death.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:There is tons to see and do!
  • Cons:Fill up your tank first and bring enough cash, you'll need it, but beware of the taxi cabs, they drive too fast!!
  • In a nutshell:I love visiting, so much to see and do.
  • Last visit to Las Vegas: Mar 2008
  • Intro Updated Feb 2, 2013
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  • Titanic Exhibit ~ Luxor Hotel and Casino - Las Vegas

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  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Aug 15, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    I just came back to read your tips again as I want to go to Las Vegas - this is a fantastic page, Dee, thanks for all the work you have put into it!!

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    May 10, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Great intro to Las Vegas! Visited there several years ago,in fact it looks like your main photo was taken from the same spot as mine.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      May 10, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Thank you! Yes, it was taken from the Stratosphere. Great views from there.

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    Jan 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Nice updates! Looks like you visit here a lot!

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    Dec 8, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Wow, what an awesome page, Dee - love your tips, started commenting on the first ones I read, but then there are so many tips that it took me hours to browse through them. A job well done!

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    Aug 21, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Superb Las Vegas travel pages with superb photographs. The city has so many great attractions. We will definitely visit Las Vegas one day. It is certainly high on our list of cities to visit in USA. We have virtually visited only your things to do tips and your shopping tips. Hope to come back to visit the rest of your Las Vegas travel tips in the near future. Thanks for your superb virtual tour. ~ho & pang

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    Great updates as usual!

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Jun 3, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      Thank you, much appreciated. There is always something new to discover in Las Vegas.

  • kris-t's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Hi Dee. Thank you for visiting our LV page. Enjoyed your tips and updates.

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    Feb 16, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Hello, Dee! Thanks for your awesome page!)

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    Oct 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Las Vegas with all the lights looks spectacular, but I can't help wondering about the cost of all electricity used. The Botanical Cactus Garden in Christmas lights looks very different from what I think of when I hear about such a garden.

    • Yaqui's Profile Photo
      Oct 14, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Thank you for visiting my Las Vegas page. It was actually impressive. I was surprised how different it looks at night with all those lights.

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    Jul 30, 2012 at 10:23 AM

    dee - hi - thought i would let you know that every time i go onto your home page i get a message that the page is causing my computer to run slow and there may be damage. could there be a virus on it?

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