Portal:Las Vegas

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Las Vegas (/lɑːs ˈvɡəs/, Spanish for "The Meadows"; Spanish: [las ˈβeɣas]), officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

The city bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino–hotels and associated activities. It is a top three destination in the United States for business conventions and a global leader in the hospitality industry, claiming more AAA Five Diamond hotels than any other city in the world. Today, Las Vegas annually ranks as one of the world's most visited tourist destinations. The city's tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for literature, films, television programs, and music videos.

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The Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) is the oldest and largest producer of electric signs in Las Vegas, Nevada. Along with competitors Ad-Art, Inc., FederalSign, Heath and Co. and Sign Systems Inc., YESCO has designed and produced many of the neon, incandescent, fluorescent and, more recently, digital signs which have helped define the Las Vegas Strip.

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Did you know...

...that Las Vegas has a monthly arts festival called First Friday downtown in the arts district? (See this external website for more information.)

Las Vegas topics

City of Las Vegas Corporate Challenge events have just recently come to a close. see more here http://lasvegasnevada.gov/information/5216.htm

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Web resources

  • City of Las Vegas, Nevada web site
  • "The Making of Las Vegas" (historical timeline)
  • Geologic tour guide of the Las Vegas area from American Geological Institute
  • National Weather Service Forecast – Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas news

  • The Las Vegas Sun Local News Paper
  • The Las Vegas Review Journal Local News Paper
  • Las Vegas Weekly Local Weekly News Magazine
  • Las Vegas CityLife Local Weekly Alternative Paper
  • Vegas Seven Local News/Lifestyle Weekly with an interactive focus
  • The Blue Bulletin Monthly Newsletter

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Sam Boyd (April 23, 1910-1993), born in Enid, Oklahoma, arrived in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1941 with only $80 in his pocket. He was able to work his way up through the gaming industry by first working as a dealer, then as a pit boss, and as a shift supervisor.

Eventually he saved enough money to buy an interest in the Sahara Hotel.


  • What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
  • The Entertainment Capital of the World.
  • Lost Wages, Nevada.
  • Sin City.

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