Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Auction Site / First Train Depot
At this site on May 15th 1905, the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad auctioned off lots for the creation of the new city of Las Vegas. With 110 degree temperatures scorching the crowds, about three thousand people gathered to bid on the prime lots, many of which sold for up to $1,750 each.
Instantaneously, a tent city sprang to life, and soon permanent buildings marked the emergence of the new city. Las Vegas began its life as a railroad town.
First Train Depot
Las Vegas was born a railroad town. The first train depot was built here by the San Pedro, Los Angeles & Salt Lake Railroad in 1905. Senator William A. Clark of Montana, and his brother J. Ross Clark, were the co-founders of this railroad. The brothers eventually sold their interest to the Union Pacific in 1921. The early Mission style depot was replaced in 1940 by a streamline Moderne structure. The depot was demolished in 1970 to make way for the Union Plaza Hotel, which was built in 1971. Passenger train service continued for many years with the depot located inside the hotel. At the head of Fremont Street, the depot building symbolized the railroad's economic, political and social dominance over the town.
Location. 36° 10.316′ N, 115° 8.783′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of North Main Street and Fremont Street, on the right when traveling south on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Auction Site (a few steps from this marker); Historic Light Standard (a few steps from this marker); The First Telephone (within shouting distance of this marker); Gaming / Helldorado (within shouting distance of this marker); Las Vegas' Most Historic Hotel & Casino (within shouting distance of this marker); Block 16 (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fremont Street (about 700 feet away); Von Tobel's Hardware Store (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
Categories. • Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 30, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 593 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15. submitted on September 30, 2011, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.