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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Las Vegas

Las Vegas was founded on May 15, 1905 when 110 acres (0.45 km2), adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, in what later would become downtown, were auctioned off. Las Vegas was incorporated as a city six years later.

The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign is actually located in an unincorporated township called Paradise, Nevada.

1931 was a pivotal year in the growth of Las Vegas with the beginning of construction on nearby Hoover Dam. The influx of construction workers and their families helped Las Vegas avoid economic calamity during the Great Depression.

Las Vegas is referred to as 'Hawaii's Ninth Island,' with more than 80,000 former residents of Hawaii living in the city.

Prostitution is legal in Nevada but illegal in Las Vegas.

Downtown Las Vegas and Red Rock behind. By Stan Shebs, Wikipedia Commons

There is one slot machine in Las Vegas for every eight inhabitants.

A 25 -year-old software engineer from California won $39 million after putting in $100 in a slot machine at the Excalibur, in 2003. He still holds the record for the highest-paying Vegas win in recorded history.

In Las Vegas, card counting in blackjack is perfectly legal.

The greater metropolitan area of Las Vegas hosts over 100,000 weddings each year.

Las Vegas is actually a long way from being the gambling capital of the world - Macau's gambling revenue is five times larger.

According to NASA, Las Vegas is the brightest city on Earth.

Las Vegas has more unlisted phone numbers than any other city in the United States.

More than 60,000 pounds of shrimp are consumed in Las Vegas each day, which is higher than the rest of the United States combined.

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