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The Old Mormon Fort: Birthplace of Las Vegas, Nevada

recalls the individuals and events leading to the creation of Las Vegas. In 1855, Brigham Young sent 30 men to farm, convert Indians, and build a settlement along a trail to the Pacific. After the mission closed, a miner established a ranch, which grew to be the largest property in the county under later owner Helen Stewart. With the coming of the railroad, Las Vegas became a town. Railroad officials laid out a grid for the new city in 1905. (National Park Service, Teaching with Historic Places)

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Theresa Doolittle (swimming pool) at Old Ranch. (Special Collections, UNLV Libraries, Alice Doolittle Collections, 0018-0011)

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