28 Interesting Facts About Las Vegas

When we think of the most renowned gambling city, Las Vegas always comes first. You will see Casinos all around if you are on a trip to this American City. This is a city of Casino Magic; because anyone who is trying his Luck to get more can either be stripped of his wealth or can be Millionaire within a blink of an Eye. The skyline is hyper-reality, a mélange of the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and a pyramid. Las Vegas is designed to keep you entertained, satisfied, satiated, and distracted from the real world outside its glittering borders. This is the real American city full of Restaurants, Shopping Streets, Nightlife, and Entertainment. If you are making your mind to tour it, you must know these interesting facts about this Gambling Capital of the World, Las Vegas:

Las Vegas
Las Vegas

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1. Is Las Vegas Spanish?

When Spanish came to this place in the 19th century, they found wild grass everywhere, so, it was named ‘Las Vegas,’ which is a Spanish term for ‘the meadows’.
source: Wikipedia

2. Gambling Capital Of The World!

Casino of Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas
Casino of Flamingo Hotel, Las Vegas

Nevada legalized gambling in 1931, and Vegas became a home to world-class casinos, which widely popularized the nightlife of the city. The business grew so well that Las Vegas became the gambling capital of the world in less than a decade.
Source: wikitravel.org, Image: casinolifemagazine.com

3. Oasis Of The Mojave Desert

Las Vegas In The Mojave Desert

Las Vegas is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert; just like an oasis.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Flickr

4. Life In Underground Tunnels!

People living in tunnel in Las Vegas
People living in tunnel in Las Vegas

There is an estimation that at least 1,000 people live in the city of Vegas in underground tunnels. The vibrant lights of the strip give no idea about the city’s dark side underbelly. Hundreds of homeless residents live in there.
Source: dailymail.co.uk, Image: cdn.c.photoshelter.com

5. The Brightest Place From Outer Space!

Las Vegas Strip at Night
Las Vegas Strip at Night
Las Vegas Strip from International Space Station
Las Vegas Strip from International Space Station

The Las Vegas Strip is the brightest place on the Earth when looked at from outer space. In 1941, the lavish man Thomas Hull opened a resort named El Rancho Vegas, which later became the Las Vegas Strip. It has now become the most popular place of the Vegas.
Source: movoto.com, Image: map2city.com, Image: eoimages.gsfc.nasa.gov

6. Millions Of Tourists Every Year!

Tourists in Las Vegas
Tourists in Las Vegas

According to some reports, more than 41 million people visit Las Vegas each year. The city is a major attraction for people from across the world; mainly for shopping, entertainment, and its vibrant nightlife.
Source: downtown.vegas, Image: planetware.com

7. Don’t Miss The 50 Ton Lion

50 Ton Lion
50 Ton Lion at MGM Grand Hotel’s mascot

The largest bronze sculpture in America is located in Las Vegas. It is the MGM Grand Hotel’s mascot, the bronze lion, which weighs 50 tons.
Source: lasvegaskids.net, Image: d17dmybwsbhq8a.cloudfront.net

8. The Sin City

Las Vegas Sin City

For its organized crime, gambling, and prostitution, Las Vegas has informally earned the nickname of “Sin City.”
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9. A Shortcut Led To The Discovery Of Vegas!

It was in 1829 that Las Vegas was discovered; when Rafael Rivera, a young Mexican scout, who was a part of a group led by Antonio Armijo, a Mexican trader from Santa Fe, New Mexico, wandered away from the rest of the group into the unexplored desert, in search of a shortcut. Rafael Rivera headed west of the Colorado River and stumbled upon what is now known as the Las Vegas valley.
Source: lasvegas.sdsu.edu

10. Beware Of The ‘Black Book’

No, it’s not a simple kind of a book. This Black Book has records of all the people who are absolutely banned from entering any casino in Las Vegas.
Source: movoto.com

11. Home To World’s Biggest Hotels

The Venetian and the Palazzo
The Venetian and the Palazzo, Second largest Hotel in the World

This is something to boast about. The city of Las Vegas has 14 of the world’s 20 biggest hotels.
Source: mentalfloss.com, Image: venetian.com

12. Meet This Lucky Guy!

Friederick W. Smith
Frederick W. Smith

FedEx CEO, Frederick W. Smith saved his company by putting his last $5000 into gambling in Las Vegas. Luckily, he earned $32000 in return by playing Blackjack and saved his company.
Source: visual.ly, Image: ww3.hdnux.com

13. A Dream Wedding Destination!

Las Vegas is a dream wedding destination among the people. This popularity among couples has increased over the years. Today, the city has become a favorite wedding destination for many people. Reportedly, around 10,000 couples get married in the city each month.
source: mentalfloss.com

14. Michael Jackson’s Robot

Moon Walker Robot of Michael Jackson
Moon Walker Robot of Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson planned to build a 50 feet moon walking robot of him that would roam the Nevada desert. It was in the year 2009; before he passed away.
Source: visual.ly, Image: archangelmichael777.files.wordpress.com

15. City Of Tallest Freestanding Observation Tower

Stratosphere Las Vegas Tallest in US
Stratosphere Las Vegas Tallest in the US

Las Vegas is home to ‘Stratosphere Las Vegas,’ which is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States. It also houses a hotel and a casino, and it is located on Las Vegas Boulevard; just north of the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas. It is 1,149 ft (350.2 m) tall.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: wikimedia.org

16. Have You Ever Seen Such Freak?

Archie Karas
Archie Karas

Archie Karas is a Greek-American Gambler, high roller, and poker player. He is famous for the largest and longest documented winning streak in the casino gambling history. He drove to Las Vegas with $50 in December 1992, and then, converted it into more than $40 million by the beginning of 1995.
Source: kickassfacts.com, Image: pnimg.net

17. First Permanent Settlement In The Vegas

Old Mormon Fort Las Vegas

In 1855, Mormon missionaries built a fort called ‘Old Mormon Fort;’ near a spring-fed creek. The Fort is considered the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley.
Source: parks.nv.gov, Image: Flickr

18. The Birth Of The City Of Las Vegas

After being founded in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911.
Source: Origin of Place Names Nevada

19. The Lucky Year

Hoover Dam Las Vegas

It’s the year 1931, which is considered the most pivotal year for Las Vegas; as it was this year when Nevada legalized gambling, it was also the year when residency requirements for divorce were reduced to six weeks, the beginning of construction on nearby Hoover Dam in the same year also brought prosperity to the city of Las Vegas.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Wikimedia

20. The Capital Of Nuclear Tests

The Nevada Test Site (NTS), 65 miles north of Las Vegas, was one of the most strategic nuclear weapons test sites in the United States between 1951 and 1992.
Source: atomicheritage.org, GIF: makeagif.com

21. Welcome To Las Vegas

Vegas Baby GIF - Vegas Baby Home GIFs

Since it was created in 1959 by Betty Willis, ‘Welcome To Las Vegas Sign’ has been one of the most popular tourist attractions in Las Vegas. This 25 foot-tall attraction stands toe-to-toe with the best restaurants in Las Vegas, the best shows in Las Vegas, and the numerous events in Las Vegas.
Source: vegas.com, GIF: tenor.com

22. Prone To Flash Floods And Torrential Rains

Las Vegas Torrential Flash Floods

Due to its arid landscape and desert vegetation, Las Vegas can be subjected to torrential rains and flash floods.
Source: reviewjournal.com, Image: Wikimedia

23. Prone To Earthquakes

If you’re living in Nevada, beware of earthquakes! Because, after Alaska and California, Nevada is the third most seismically active state in the U.S., and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) has estimated that over the next 50 years Las Vegas would experience M6.0 or greater earthquake.
Source: nbmg.unr.edu, GIF: giphy.com

24. Sunniest, Driest, And Least Humid

With an average relative humidity level of just 30 percent, Las Vegas is the driest city in North America. The city is also the sunniest location in North America.
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25. Ninth Island Of Hawaii

Las Vegas Hawaiian Marketplace

Las Vegas sometimes also referred to as “Ninth Island of Hawaii;” because so many Hawaiians have moved to the city.
Source: Wikipedia, Image: Wikimedia

26. Highest Rate Of Divorce & Suicides

Among all the US cities, Las Vegas tops the lists of the highest percentage of divorced residents and the highest rate of suicides.
Source: citymayors.com, GIF: giphy.com

27. Highest Marriage Rate

Well! Besides having the highest divorce rate in the United States, Las Vegas ha sone of the highest marriage rates of U.S. cities; as Nevada marriages are notoriously easy to get.
Source: Wikipedia, GIF: mic.com

28. First Friday

Las Vegas First Friday

Well! Friday is not like any other day in Nevada. “First Friday,” a monthly celebration in the Vegas, has been started by the First Friday Foundation to discover, inspire, and explore creativity in all its forms. The celebration includes music, arts, and food in a section of the city’s downtown region called 18b, The Las Vegas Arts District.
Source: ffflv.org, Image: Flickr