City Spotlight: The Truth About the Las Vegas Strip

Posted on October 1, 2012


Learn about your favorite cities with maps!  At DaVinci Business Graphics, we provide educational and decorative maps to help you learn more about the countries, states, and cities that interest you.  Today, we continue our City Spotlight series by taking a look at Las Vegas, Nevada and the truth about its famous strip.    

You would never guess it.  All indications, including the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, tell you you’re in Vegas.  But you’re not.  The world famous Las Vegas strip is not even located in Las Vegas (neither is that famous sign).

The strip is mostly located in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester.  Today, the strip is considered an All-American Road, as opposed to a part of the city of Las Vegas.

The first casino built on the strip was the El Rancho Vegas, which opened April 3rd, 1941.  The casino burned down 20 years later, but its success sparked interest in the up-and-coming gaming industry in the area.  Organized crime figures such as New York’s Bugsy Siegel began building casinos: the Flamingo and the Desert Inn.

The 1960’s and 70’s ushered in the era of mega-resorts, with the opening of casinos like the International Hotel and the MGM Grand.  Today, modern casinos have tended more towards the extravagant, while older hotels are attempting to renovate in an effort to keep up.  But remember: next time you visit the strip, despite what your instincts may tell you, you’re not really in Las Vegas.

If you’re interested in learning more about any city, or are planning a trip to any of the unique regions across the country, contact DaVinci Business Graphics.  We carry maps of Las Vegas, Nevada, as well as maps of every city, county, and state in the US.  We can provide you with map books to help navigate your trip, or wall maps to help decorate your home or office.

Contact DaVinci Business Graphics today.  We can help you find the map that’s just right for you. 

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