Las Vegas Proper

The photo shows a portion of Las Vegas proper, a misconception is that the entire valley is the city proper but it’s not. The Las Vegas Strip lies in two unincorporated communities called Winchester and Paradise, leaving the actual city just north of the Strip. Visit the Wikipedia page.

Las Vegas was founded as a city in 1905, when 110 acres (45 ha) of land adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks were auctioned in what would become the downtown area. In 1911, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city.

This city has a very complex and interesting history for me. Sometimes I’ll do an online search for the history and other aspects of this valley up to and including why certain areas of the valley are sinking, and where the dangerous fault lines are. I am a Flat Lander from Michigan which is why I have such interest for this wonderful place. And it never snows in the valley!

The name Las Vegas means The Meadow

9 thoughts on “Las Vegas Proper

  1. I would be considered Spring Valley or Spring Mountain, I believe. Would that technically be Paradise? And it has snowed in Vegas so what do you mean?

    • It has spit a bit of snow, not piled up three foot deep like I am used to for 50+ years bin Michigan. Those tiny flurries aren’t an actual snow for me. If you grew up with a snowmobile under your bum, you’d see this differently.

  2. Love Floyd Lamb Park. That is one of our birding spots when we come out there. I’ve seen that haze & I’ve seen it clear. Don’t think it was your camera. 😊

  3. It was an oasis with water which is why the railroad laid tracks there. One of the engineers wrote in 1902:

    “The Vegas Valley is the most fertile spot along the proposed line of this railroad anywhere between Utah and California.”

      • … and it’s why the Mormons built a fort there 50 years earlier (before the tracks were laid).

        Hint: I would love to see photos from the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park.

  4. It’s fascinating to think of starting a city in the middle of the desert and it growing into La Vegas with such an interesting history. It was a bit hazy when you took that photo.

    • Thanks! This was taken with the old D3300 body, the new Nikon captures a very obvious difference to me as it’s Mirrorless. It may have been a really hot day too??

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