College Of Southern Nevada - West Charleston Campus6375 W Charleston Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146
The area was discovered by Spanish explorers in 1829. The site of Las Vegas (The Meadows in Spanish) was originally a watering place for travelers on their way to southern California. It was first settled by Mormons in 1855, who were attracted by its artesian springs. They abandoned their settlement two years later in 1857, and the U.S. Army established Fort Baker there in 1864. In 1867, Las Vegas was detached from the Arizona Territory and joined with Nevada.The town was established and started to grow with the arrival of the railroad in 1905. However, its growth did not really take off until shortly after 1931, when the Nevada legislature legalized gambling in an effort to lift the state from the Great Depression. The construction of nearby Hoover Dam aided the area economically as well.The Las Vegas that we know today basically began after World War II, when the idea of large hotels along the brand new strip was developed. Las Vegas is the marriage capital of America, there are 50 wedding chapels in the city. Tourism and the convention industry are the city's major sources of income. In addition, manufacturing, government, warehousing, and trucking are major sources of employment. Many high-technology companies are also located in Las Vegas.