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Maps: Putting Las Vegas on the Map

  Introduction | The West | The Region | The City | The Strip

Putting Las Vegas on the Map The Nevada territory was virtually unexplored by Americans and Europeans until Spanish merchants established trading routes from Sante Fe to Los Angeles in 1829. They dubbed a marshy area along the way Las Vegas -- "the meadows."

Zoom in on Las Vegas to begin exploring.

The West
See how Nevada's position between Utah and California was essential to its development.

The Region
Explore the impact of federal projects upon the greater Las Vegas area.

The City
Focus on the city itself and its changing strategies to lure visitors and residents.

The Strip
Head to the Las Vegas Strip to locate casinos of old and new.

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