Las Vegas is a city that is very rich in history and culture, though most visitors forget that Las Vegas has a past and plan their vacation based on activities, casinos, entertainment and luxury hotels.

In fact Las Vegas was discovered by the nomadic Paleo-Indians more than ten thousand years ago. It wasn’t until 1844 when John C Fremont arrived and wrote about his experiences that the pioneers started to arrive in the city.

Historical Fort

A true piece of Las Vegas history which you can still see today is the Old Mormon Fort, which was built in 1855. It was built as a halfway base between Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. The remains are still standing and can be visited as a chance to soak up some of the city’s interesting past.


The city was founded in 1905, but it wasn’t until 1931 that gambling was legalized. This fell into the same time as the Hoover Dam construction which drew thousands of construction workers and their families, many of which settled in Las Vegas.

History and Culture Today

Today Las Vegas offers visitors a chance to soak up some of the city’s rich history and culture with a choice of top museums, including the Natural History Museum, Nevada State Museum and more.

The area is also home to a thriving arts district which can be found Downtown, here you will find a host of art galleries and events which include musical productions and more.

Cultural Education

Las Vegas is also home to the Las Vegas Academy of International Studies, Performing and Visual Arts, an award winning school focusing on cultural eduction. The city is also home to the Smith Center for Performing Arts which welcomes hundreds of students who want to become actors, musicians, dancers and more.