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Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Las Vegas Old Mormon Fort

Nevada's Oldest Building

 
 
Las Vegas Old Mormon Fort Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jacob Oscarson, October 28, 2020
1. Las Vegas Old Mormon Fort Marker
Inscription.  Las Vegas had its beginning at this location on June 14, 1855, when thirty-two Mormon missionaries arrived from Utah under the leadership of William Bringhurst. They set to work establishing farm fields that summer, and began to build a 150-foot square adobe fort that September, enclosing eight two-story houses. They cultivated small gardens and fields, planted fruit and shade trees, and tried to convert the local Southern Paiutes.

Most of the Mormons departed in 1857, and in 1865, Octavius Decatur Gass began developing the Las Vegas Rancho, using the adobe structures as headquarters. He farmed and raised beef cattle, supplying travellers [sic] and miners in the Potosi region.

Helen J. Steward, owner of the property from 1882 to 1902, expanded the ranch to 1,800 acres, which she sold to the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad for the Las Vegas townsite. The Company auctioned the land on May 15, 1905, starting the process of building the Las Vegas around you today.
 
Erected 2008 by National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and Nevada State Historic Preservation
General view of marker image. Click for full size.
By Jacob Oscarson, October 28, 2020
2. General view of marker
Office. (Marker Number 35.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionForts and CastlesSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Daughters of the American Revolution series list.
 
Location. 36° 10.819′ N, 115° 7.97′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker can be reached from East Washington Avenue east of Las Vegas Boulevard North. The marker is located next to the parking lot of the visitors' center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Las Vegas Mormon Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Mormon Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); First Las Vegas Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Las Vegas Fort (within shouting distance of this marker); The Neon Boneyard Park Sign (approx. ¼ mile away); The Las Vegas Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign (approx. ¼ mile away); Silver Slipper Gambling Hall (approx. ¼ mile away); Jerry's Nugget (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 16, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2020, by Jacob Oscarson of Salt Lake City, Utah. This page has been viewed 60 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 15, 2020, by Jacob Oscarson of Salt Lake City, Utah. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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