Believe it or not, Las Vegas just didn't spring up out of the desert when gambling was legalized in Nevada in the 1930s. The town was incorporated in 1901, and this county Heritage Museum houses artifacts from early Las Vegas, when it was a sleepy little ranching and mining settlement. You can see recreations of historic buildings, and a ghost town, a restored train depot and steam engine, and displays on Nevada's earliest residents -- Native Americans of the area. The Heritage Museum is located in East Las Vegas, so it's a bit of a drive from the Strip, but it's worth the effort. It's not usually crowded, and admission is just $1.50 -- a bargain anywhere! The museum is open daily 9:00am - 4:30pm 7 days a week. Admission is adults $1.50, seniors and children $1.
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