15 Facts About Vegas

1. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife.

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2. Las Vegas was settled in 1905 and officially incorporated in 1911.

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3. Nevada is the driest state, and Las Vegas is the driest major US city.

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4. Las Vegas was founded as a city in 1905, when 110 acres of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned in what would become the downtown area.

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5. The influx of construction workers and their families helped Las Vegas avoid economic calamity during the Great Depression.

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6. Las Vegas is situated within Clark County, in a basin on the floor of the Mojave Desert, and is surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides.

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7. Peaks surrounding Las Vegas reach elevations of over 10,000 feet, and act as barriers to the strong flow of moisture from the surrounding area.

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8. Summer in Las Vegas is marked by a significant diurnal temperature variation.

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9. Major attractions in Las Vegas are the casinos and the hotels, although in recent years other new attractions have begun to emerge.

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10. On land across from Symphony Park, the World Market Center Las Vegas opened in 2005.

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11. Las Vegas is served by 22 television stations and 46 radio stations.

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12. Inter-city bus service to and from Las Vegas is provided by Greyhound, BoltBus, Orange Belt Stages, Tufesa, and several smaller carriers.

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13. Silver Rider Transit operates three routes within Las Vegas, offering connections to Laughlin, Mesquite, and Sandy Valley.

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14. Until 1997, the Amtrak Desert Wind train service ran through Las Vegas using the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.

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15. Las Vegas averaged 1.63 cars per household in 2016, compared to a national average of 1.8 per household.

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