Las Vegas, which translates to “The Meadows”, was originally started by the Mormons in the form of a small fort as they were traveling through the area from Salt Lake City, Utah to California. The name the meadows refers to the fact that there were originally springs of fresh water which the settlers stopped at to refill their water tanks and allow themselves and their animals to get a drink of fresh water and clean up a little in the small bodies of water. Established in 1905 and officially incorporated as a city in 1911, Las Vegas eventually became a trading post for those on their way to or from California. During the Great Depression, when President Herbert Hoover called for the Hoover Dam to be built near Las Vegas on the Colorado River, the small city Boulder City was created to house all the Dam workers and Las Vegas grew as well. When gambling was legalized in 1931, the Las Vegas area exploded with growth, and ever since, Las Vegas has become a destination for people all over the country and even the world to come to in order to stay and play, while they relax and rest.
In fact, there are so many casinos, hotels, concert and show halls and all sorts of other entertainment venues that Las Vegas has now turned into what many people call “The Entertainment Capital of The World! Because of all the hotels in Las Vegas, and the close proximity to California and other places on the West coast while still being a central hub for pretty much the entire country, many convention centers and banquet halls have been built to attract tradeshows and conventions from around the country and even around the world. Many of the largest conventions and tradeshows come to Vegas, sometimes multiple times a year. From Star Trek fan shows to gigantic construction tradeshows with all sorts of tractors, cranes and other types of equipment on display. In fact some shows span multiple locations and even utilize the parking lots because of the size and amount of products on display. In recent years Las Vegas has undergone a revitalization of sorts, with many of the old hotels and casinos being demolished or imploded to make way for new state of the art properties. Las Vegas is a city that is constantly changing but even with its relatively short past, it has a lot of history.