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July 3, 2014

From Desert to Party Central: The Birth of Las Vegas


In 1826, the first English-speaking explorer, Jedediah Smith, came upon this land and the tribes.
After traveling 300 miles in that direction through a country somewhat fertile, in which there was a great many Indians, mostly naked and destitute of arms, with the exception of a few bows and arrows and what is very singular amongst Indians, they cut their hair to the length of three inches; they proved to be friendly; their manner of living is on fish, roots, acorns and grass. Only three years later, the Mexican trader Antonio Armijo was traveling with his company through the area (though a bit to the north) to forge a trade route from New Mexico to Los Angeles. They were thrilled to find the valley to be somewhat fertile and wet, unlike most of their desert travels. So, they named it “Las Vegas,” meaning “fertile plains.”

Posted by gerardvanderleun at July 3, 2014 12:07 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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I always heard it meant lost wages.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 3, 2014 1:55 PM

Must be nice to have all that water and electricity "at hand".
I wonder where all the refuse (of all sorts) goes?

Posted by: CaptDMO [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2014 7:48 AM

Capt - Wastewater ends up in Lake Mead; solid waste ends up landfills; human waste ends up in holes in the desert.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2014 8:08 AM

Ah, Bill, the perfect place to land these wretched plague-ridden aliens.
When they are through voting for him they might feast on his corpse.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2014 6:38 PM

Oops, by "him" I meant Harry Reid.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at July 4, 2014 6:39 PM

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