On April 3, 1941, the $425,000, western-themed El Rancho Vegas opened on 66 acres as the first hotel casino resort on Highway 91, on what would become the most glamorous roadway in the world -- the Las Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas is the marriage capital of the world! The most popular Las Vegas wedding day is Valentine's Day. New Year's Eve runs a close second. For the entire year, more than 100,000 couples obtain marriage licenses in Las Vegas.
Though we're officially known as the Silver State, Nevada is also known for its minerals and semi-precious stones. A high percentage of all turquoise mined worldwide comes from Nevada. Fire opals and garnets are also prominent gems found here.
When Paul Anka wrote "My Way," he flew to Las Vegas and played it for Frank Sinatra, who was appearing at Caesars Palace at the time. It went on to become Sinatra's signature song. Elvis Presley liked it so much, he recorded it as one of his final songs before he died.
Perhaps Fremont Street should be known as First Street. It was the site of the city's first elevator, first paved street, first streetlight and first high-rise building (the Fremont Hotel, built in 1956 with 15 stories).
The MGM Grand is one of the world's largest hotel/casinos, with more than 5,000 rooms. It would take a person 13 years and eight months to sleep in every one of them.
About 150 couples get married in Las Vegas each day.
It would take 288 years for one person to spend one night in every hotel room in Las Vegas.
A 1910 law made it illegal to gamble in Las Vegas. In 1931, a gambling bill was approved that made gambling legal again.
The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino opened in 1906, making it the first hotel and casino to open in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Mirage, what's considered to be the first "mega resort" hotel and casino in Las Vegas, opened in 1989 at a cost of $630 million.
In 1966, Howard Hughes begins his infamous stay at the Desert Inn. By 1968, Hughes purchases the Desert Inn after being asked to leave by Hotel management.
In 1996, Wayne Newton celebrated his 25,000th performance while Siegfried and Roy celebrated their 15,000th performance.
In 1996, over 29 million peopled visit Las Vegas, Nevada. The gross gaming revenue is reported to be over $7.4 billion.
Of people who gambled, the average gambling budget for the trip was $580.90., On average, those gamblers gamble 4 hours per day.
In 1996 there were over 100,000 hotel rooms (101,106) in the city of Las Vegas. New York City has 63, 279 hotel rooms.
During 1996, singer Wayne Newton celebrated his 25,000th Las Vegas performance. Siegfried and Roy performed their 15,000th Las Vegas Show.
Las Vegas is the fifth most popular vacation destination in the world for foreign travel. It is the number one summer destination in the United States and the number one Gambling Destination in the world!