Interesting Facts About Las Vegas, Nevada

*  Boulder City is one of only two towns in Nevada where gambling is illegal, the other city being Panaca. Originally, this town was created to house the workers on Hoover Dam.

*  Las Vegas mega resorts are common today, but the first major resort built on the Las Vegas Strip was the El Rancho in 1941.

*  Elvis Presley performed in 837 consecutive sold out shows at the Las Vegas Hilton Casino. 

*  The Riviera was the first high-rise hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, it was nine stories tall

*  Nevada has more mountain ranges than any other state.  The highest point is at the 13,145 foot top of Boundary Peak.

* The first airplane to land in Las Vegas occurred in 1920 and it was piloted by Jack Beckley and landed at Rockwell Field which was located on what is now the Sahara Casino property.

*  The average Las Vegas Valley household consumes about 230,000 gallons of water a year.

*  The famous Las Vegas Strip is not located in the city of Las Vegas.  The strip actually comes under the jurisdiction of Clark County.

*  All-time single concert box-office record occurred in Las Vegas.  The show took place on New Years eve 1999 for the Barbra Streisand concert production, at the MGM Grand, it grossed $14,694,750.00 from 12,477 tickets sold.  Previous concert box-office record for a show was $13.4 million when Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti and Jose Carreras at the Giant Stadium in New York on July 20, 1996.

*  In Nevada it is mandatory that video slot machines must pay a minimum of 75% back to the player, this amount is determined over the life of a slot machine.

*  Harrah’s Las Vegas Casino & Hotel was opened 1992.  The property opened July 2, 1973 as The Holiday Casino.  The casino sits on 17.3 acres and the Carnaval Tower reaches 35-story in height.

*  There is one operating slot machine in Las Vegas for every 8 residents. 

* In Nyala, a man is forbidden from buying drinks for more than three people.

* Everyone walking on the streets of Elko is required to wear a mask. 

* In Eureka, men are forbidden from kissing women. 

*  The Stardust was the first hotel/casino to add a sports book, the originator of this idea was none less than
 Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal. 

*  The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, founded in 1911, is the 4th largest Chamber in the United States. 

*  Nevada is the largest gold producing state in the United States.  Nevada is second in the world behind South Africa.

*  In September of 1960, United Airlines began providing the first jetliner service to McCarran Airport.

*  In 1864, the longest Morse code telegram ever sent occurred in Nevada, it was the state constitution being sent from Carson City to Washington D.C. in 1864. 

*  The only round courthouse in the United States is in Pershing County Nevada.

*  Seventeen of the top twenty hotels in the world are located in Las Vegas.  For exact room counts,

*  Construction workers on the Hoover Dam in 1933 were treated to a new invention, the Hard Hat.  The Hard Hat was invented specifically for workers on the Hoover Dam. 

*  In 2007, Nevada has about 50,000 miles of paved road.

*  In 1957 at the Dunes Casino the first topless showgirls debuted on the Las Vegas Strip in “Minsky’s Follies”.

*  For you card players enthusiasts . . .  in a standard deck of cards the King of Hearts is the only King without a moustache. 

*  Average annual temperature in Las Vegas is 66 degrees F. The annual average daily humidity is 29%.  For a complete, month to month, weather forecast.

*  Historically, on the average, approximately 230 marriage licenses are issued per day in Las Vegas

*  In 1899, the first slot machine was invented by Charles Fey.  It was called the Liberty Bell. 

*  Governor Fred Balzar signed into law the a bill legalizing gambling in Nevada, March 1931.

*  The Wynn Casino and the Rio Casino do not have any elevator floors that start with the number 4. This is because the #4 is not lucky in Chinese culture.

*  On April 14, 1870, construction of the Nevada State Capitol located in Carson City was proposed.

* The world’s largest jackpot was won in Las Vegas by a women at the Excalibur Casino.  The jackpot totaled $39.7 million and it occurred on March 2003.

*  The largest single public works project in the history of the United States was the Hoover Dam, located about 40 miles from Las Vegas.  Hoover Dam contains 3.25+ million cubic yards of concrete.

*  The famous Mark Twain started his writing career as a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. 

*  To over come the desert summertime heat, camels were used as pack animals in Nevada as late as 1870. 

*  Carson City, Nevada is one of the smallest state capitals in the United States.

*  Many famous people have worked in Nevada.  Jack Dempsey was the bartender and the bouncer at the Mispah Hotel and Casino.

*  Another famous person who worked in Nevada was Wyatt Earp.  He maintained law and order in the town of Tonopah, Nevada.

*  The famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign was created in 1959. 

*  In 1938, saddled horses were banned from inside casinos.

*  Nevada is the seventh largest state with 110,540 square miles, more than 85% of the land is federally owned.

*  Nevada is famous for many items and also famous for not having a state income tax. Nine states, Alaska, Florida, Nevada, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Texas, Tennessee, Washington and Wyoming are the only states without a state income tax. 

*  The beginning of the Las Vegas Strip could be contributed to the Pair-O-Dice Club, in 1931, it was the first casino to open on Highway 91. 

*  In 1959 marked the beginning of the longest running show in Las Vegas, Follies Bergere at the Tropicana Hotel.

*  First community college in Nevada opened in Elko in 1967, Great Basin College.

* In 1909 the first block of Fremont Street was paved.

*  The Cal-Neva Casino in Lake Tahoe has several reasons for being famous.  First, Frank Sinatra was once the owner and second, Cal-Neva is the only casino that you can stand in both Nevada and California.

*  More than five million people have taken the heart-pounding ride of Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino’s Desperado roller coaster located in Primm, Nevada. Still one of North America’s top 10 coasters in height (209 feet), speed (85 mph), greatest drop (225 feet) and track length (5,843 feet), Desperado has thrilled passengers for more than seven years.

*  Since 1993, Las Vegas has had fourteen casinos imploded to make way for progress.

*  New York-New York, the hotel-casino, has been the only Strip destination casino without a marquee of its own.

*  The Forum Shops at Caesars opened with 283,000 square feet in May 1992. In August 1997 it was expanded to 500,000 square feet and a third phase added another 175,000 square feet in October 2004.

 

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