Las Vegas Facts

Las Vegas Facts
Las Vegas is a city in Nevada most well known as a city where gambling and nightlife. Las Vegas' official name is the City of Las Vegas, and it is the state of Nevada's most populated city. It is known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, with multiple casinos and hotels, and it is home to the world's largest mechanical neon sign (when it was erected) - a cowboy towering over Fremont Street. Of the 20 largest hotels in the United States, 17 of them are located in Las Vegas. Las Vegas is so bright that when it is viewed from space it is the brightest place on earth.
Interesting Las Vegas Facts:
'Las Vegas' is Spanish for 'the meadows'.
In 1844 John C. Freemont led pioneers to the area, and Freemont Street in Las Vegas is named after him.
A fort that was built in Las Vegas in 1855 called the Old Mormon Fort can still be seen at the intersection of Washington Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
In 1905 Las Vegas was founded as a city. In 1911 it was incorporated.
In 1931 gambling and casinos were legalized. The construction of Hoover Dam began nearby and the workers and their families helped to grow the city.
After World War II ended the big casinos and entertainment venues began to symbolize Las Vegas.
The first racially integrated hotel-casino in Las Vegas was opened in the 1950s, called the Moulin Rouge.
In 1965 nuclear testing began only 65 miles from Las Vegas.
In the 1960s it became popular for businesses and corporations to add casinos to their portfolios.
Las Vegas has become so popular that more than 41 million people visit the city every year.
It is estimated that approximately 34% of the thefts or cheating that goes on in casinos in Las Vegas are committed by the staff.
There is a black book of names in Las Vegas of the people who are never allowed into a casino in Vegas.
The mobster Bugsy Siegel named The Flamingo casino after his girlfriend - a showgirl with very long legs.
At the Excalibur casino a 25 year old won $39 million after putting $100 into the slots.
Legend Elvis Presley played 837 consecutive sold out shows at the LVH (formerly the Las Vegas Hilton).
The sphinx at the Luxor is 101 feet taller than the original Great Sphinx of Giza.
More than 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed in Las Vegas every day.
There is estimated to be one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight residents of the city.
Las Vegas' MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is the 2nd largest hotel in the world by number of rooms, and largest in the United States.
More than 300 weddings take place each day in Las Vegas.
There is an estimated 1000 homeless people living in the tunnels underneath the city of Las Vegas.
There are approximately 310 days of sunshine each year in Las Vegas. Tornados are not an issue in this section of the Mojave desert basin.

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