Las Vegas is known for its casinos, parties and entertaining shows. But the city has so much more to offer. While it may seem as though everything in Vegas is shiny and new, that isn’t the case. In fact, Vegas has a rich history. Get ready to take a trip back in time!
1. Floyd Lamb State Park
Floyd Lamb State Park has got a lot of history for one landmark. The park is home to Tule Springs Ranch, which was visited by mammals from the Pleistocene age. Fossils of mammoths, bison, horses, camels, giant sloths, and more have all been found in the park. Pretty cool, right? Maybe if you keep an eye out, you can uncover the next fossil.
The springs have a long and interesting history. They later served as a watering hole for prospectors, became home to a blacksmith shop, and hosted a self-supporting ranch and a retreat for prospective divorcees. It’s like visiting an oasis in the city, so grab your picnic baskets and head to Floyd Lamb State Park!
2. Hoover Dam
The Hoover Dam was constructed in the 1930s on the Colorado River. The goal of the dam was to manage the river while providing water and hydroelectric power to the surrounding areas of the Southwest United States. At 726 feet high, it is the highest concrete arch dam in the United States. It’s no wonder that millions of people visit it every year!
You can visit the dam on your own or join a group tour. Many tours allow you to visit historic tunnels and ride the original elevator to the top of Hoover Dam.
3. Little Church of the West
Visiting churches is a common thing for tourists to do when visiting places like Europe. After all, they are architectural marvels and typically filled with history. You might not expect the same in Vegas, but there actually is one church worth visiting for its historical significance. Little Church of the West has become a Vegas landmark, thanks to it being the location of many celebrity weddings. The church, built in 1942, has hosted Judy Garland, Richard Gere and Cindy Crawford. So, if you’re into celebrity weddings, this is the ultimate landmark!