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Las Vegas, Nevada - Sin City USA

Las Vegas was given its name by Spanish traders in the Antonio Armijo party in 1829. On route to Los Angeles along the Spanish Trail from Texas, the 60-man group veered from the normal route, camping about 100 miles northeast of present day Las Vegas. At the time, the Spaniards referred to the route as "jornada de muerte" or journey of death until a young scout named Rafael Rivera discovered the valley with its abundant wild grasses and plentiful water supply. At that time, some low areas of the Las Vegas Valley contained artesian springs that created extensive green areas in contrast to the surrounding desert, hence the name "Las Vegas", Spanish for "The Meadows".

Las Vegas NV - Rio Casino Hotel

Las Vegas NV - Rio Casino Hotel

Las Vegas, NV - Old Valley Motel Sign

Las Vegas, NV -  Old Valley Motel Sign

Las Vegas, NV - Aerial

Las Vegas, NV - Aerial

Las Vegas, NV - Bellagio Hotel

Las Vegas, NV - Bellagio Hotel

Las Vegas, NV - Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV - Bellagio Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV - Bellagio Hotel & Casino - 2

Las Vegas, NV - Bellagio Hotel & Casino - 2

Las Vegas, NV - Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, NV - Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, NV - Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, NV - Caesars Palace

Las Vegas, NV - Coca Cola

Las Vegas, NV - Coca Cola

Las Vegas, NV - Early 1980s Neon

Las Vegas, NV - Early 1980s Neon

Las Vegas, NV - El Cortez Hotel

Las Vegas, NV - El Cortez Hotel

Las Vegas, NV - Flamingo Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV - Flamingo Hotel & Casino

Las Vegas, NV - Freemont Street Motel

Las Vegas, NV - Freemont Street Motel

Las Vegas, NV - Fremont Experience

Las Vegas, NV - Fremont Experience

Las Vegas, NV - Guardian Angel Cathedral

Las Vegas, NV - Guardian Angel Cathedral

Las Vegas, NV - Hacienda Horse & Rider

Las Vegas, NV - Hacienda Horse & Rider

Las Vegas, NV - Harley Davidson

Las Vegas, NV - Harley Davidson

Las Vegas, NV - High Hat Motel

Las Vegas, NV - High Hat Motel

Las Vegas, NV - Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas, NV - Holiday Inn Boardwalk Hotel and Casino

Las Vegas, NV - Holiday Motel Sign

Las Vegas, NV - Holiday Motel Sign