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Spanish explorers in the early 1800s first named this oasis Las Vegas, "the meadows," as the discovery of springs here enabled passage along the Old Spanish Trail to Los Angeles directly through the desert instead of around it. The railroads followed and began to develop Las Vegas as a mid-desert rest and maintenance stop. Construction of the Hoover Dam followed, which attracted many workers and new residents displaced by the Great Depression. The prohibition against gambling in heavy construction towns like Boulder City served to create a demand for gambling in nearby towns like Las Vegas, which in turn attracted organized crime and the casino construction boom of the 1940s and 1950s. Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel's Flamingo Hotel, now the Flamingo Hilton, is the only hotel on the Strip which has survived from that initial boom. The Las Vegas Strip remains an international gambling capital, but it is now surrounded by a town that has developed and matured around it, and features some of the best restaurants, shops and grand hotels in the world.

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· The Strip · Greater Las Vegas
The world-famous Las Vegas strip has the largest concentration of lodging options and nightlife. The greater Las Vegas area surrounding The Strip includes lodging near the Casino Center, Heritage Square and Downtown Las Vegas.
· Las Vegas Airport - University · Las Vegas Convention Center
Lodging near the Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) and University of Nevada areas is located at the southeast end of Las Vegas' strip. The Las Vegas Convention Center area, located just a short distance east of the strip, has a large assortment of lodging options.
· Henderson · Southern Nevada
Lodging in Henderson, located just 13 miles southeast of the city center, has convenient access via US-95/93. The resort areas at the southern tip of Nevada, such as Laughlin and Primm, offer many additional lodging options.
· Western Arizona
Lodging in Western Arizona, along the Nevada state line, in and around the towns of Kingman, East Kingman, Bullhead City and others.

Know before you go: You can find a calendar of Las Vegas events and other happenings in the Las Vegas EventGuide, Greater Las Vegas's online interactive calendar.

Area Facts: According to the 2000 Census, Clark County is growing at the rate of between 4,000 - 6,000 new residents per month. The local area code for Las Vegas is 702.

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