Historical Markers in
Clark County, Nevada

A Town at the Bottom Abbott Way Station Abram Woodbury Home and Gas Station Alabam Aladdin's Lamp Alunite Arrowhead Trail Arrowhead Trail Atlatl Rock Auction Site / First Train Depot Avenue of Flags Beehives Biltmore Village Binion House Birth of Downtown Las Vegas Block 16 Bootleg Canyon Boulder City, Nevada Bow & Arrow Motel Cal-Nev-Ari Camels and Commerce Charles Arthur Hughes Home Charles Hardy Home Chief Hotel Court Christensen House "The Castle" Civil Engineering Monument of the Millennium County Courthouses Dairy Barn Deadly Flash Flood Donald (Don) J. Laughlin Dr. Elwood Mead Drug Store / Bakery Early Settlements in the Moapa Valley Egg House / Telephone Building El Dorado Canyon El Dorado Canyon El Portal Theatre Eldorado Canyon Ervin "Casey" Jones House Fay Perkins, Sr. First Church Built in Las Vegas First Las Vegas Post Office First Water Company Frank T. Crowe Fremont Street Gaming / Helldorado George Frederick Colton and the Duplex Mine Glendale and "Glendale Nick" Nicolaides Goodsprings Mining District 1856 - 1957 Good's Spring Green Shack Harrison Boarding House Heroes of Hoover Historic 5th Street School Historic Light Standard Historic Preservation History of Mesquite History of the Fort Mojave Tribe Hoover Dam Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Hoover Dam Memorial Hoover Dam Turbine Runner In Memory of Sergeant John J. Clark Jackson Street Commercial District Jean, Nevada Jerry's Nugget John David Pulsipher Home Kim Produce Farm Kyle (Kiel) Ranch Las Vegas (The Meadows) Las Vegas Fort Las Vegas High School Las Vegas Old Mormon Fort Las Vegas Paiute Colony Las Vegas Springs Las Vegas' Most Historic Hotel & Casino Laughlin, an Oasis on the Colorado Lorenzi Park Lost City Museum Mary Dutton Park Mary Jane Leavitt Abbott McKeeversville, Boulder City's Predecessor McWilliams' Townsite Mike O'Callaghan – Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge Moapa Valley Moapa Valley Pioneers Moody House Moulin Rouge Museum and Fire House Neon / Atomic Testing Nevada Motel Nevada’s First State Park Old Betsy Old Elko Fire Bell Old Mormon Fort Old Spanish Trail Old Well Tower #10 Original Homesite of a Las Vegas Pioneer: Charles 'Pop’ Squires, 1865-1958 Padre Francisco Garcés Pioneers Potosi Powell of the Colorado Puddler's Break Pueblo Grande de Nevada Pueblo Grande de Nevada Queho's Cave Rafael Rivera Railroad Pass Ralph Louis Engelstad Rock House Sandy Valley School and Gymnasium Block Searchlight Searchlight Siegfried & Roy Park Silica Dome Silver Slipper Gambling Hall St. James the Apostle Techatticup Mine The Arrowhead Trail Highway The Boulder Dam Hotel The Cabins The Camel Corps The Dog Who Owned a Dam The First Telephone The Flame Restaurant The Garcés Expedition The Hoover Dam Construction Mascot The Huntridge Neighborhood The Las Vegas Hard Rock Café Guitar Sign The Las Vegas Mormon Fort The Last Spike The Last Spike The Little Church of the West The Morelli House The Neon Boneyard Park Sign The Old Spanish Trail The Old Spanish Trail The Old Spanish Trail The Old Spanish Trail – Armijo's Route The Pioneer Saloon The Red Barn The Shrine of the Four-Faced Brahma The Welcome To Las Vegas Sign The Wengert Mansion The Yellow Pine Mining Company Railroad The "Bugsy Building" The "H" Wall They Died to Make the Desert Bloom They Laboured that Millions might see a Brighter Day Tithing Lot Tule Springs TWA Terminal Building Twin Lakes Lodge United States Post Office and Courthouse Valley of Fire Valley of Fire Behind the Camera Virgin Valley Von Tobel's Hardware Store Westside School William Abbott Home / Abbott Hotel William Elias Abbott Willie Martello and the El Rey Resort Women Airforce Service Pilots Woodlawn Cemetery Woodlawn Cemetery Zulu Echo Six "Bugsy" "High Scaler" “Hitchin’ a Ride” “Rag Town Goddess”
Nevada was once part of Mexico: Before it became part of the United States, Nevada was part of Mexico's Alta California territory. In fact, the state's name comes from the Spanish word for "snow-covered," a reference to the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
Clark County, Nevada is located in the southernmost part of the state and has a rich and fascinating history. The area that is now Clark County was first inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Paiute people, who established settlements along the Colorado River.

In the mid-19th century, Mormon pioneers settled in the Las Vegas Valley, establishing a fort and bringing irrigation techniques that transformed the desert landscape. However, their presence was short-lived, and by the 1880s, the area was mostly abandoned once mining activity diminished.

The history of Clark County took a significant turn in 1905 when the railroad arrived in the area, linking it with the rest of the country. This development led to the establishment of Las Vegas as a bustling railroad town, attracting people from various backgrounds and sparking rapid growth in the region.

The next major milestone in Clark County's history came in 1931 when the state of Nevada legalized gambling. This decision forever altered the county's landscape, as casinos and entertainment venues began to flourish. The construction of the Hoover Dam, also in the 1930s, provided employment opportunities and further boosted the economy of Clark County.

Over the following decades, Clark County continued to see exponential growth, driven largely by the tourism and entertainment industries. Las Vegas, in particular, became known as the Entertainment Capital of the World, with its world-class resorts, casinos, and vibrant nightlife attracting millions of visitors annually. Today, Clark County remains a major tourism destination and a dynamic hub of culture, entertainment, and economic activity in the southwestern United States.

This timeline provides a glimpse into the major events and milestones that have shaped the history of Clark County, Nevada.

  • 1909 - Clark County is established in Nevada.
  • 1931 - Construction of the Hoover Dam begins, bringing an economic boom to the area.
  • 1941 - The El Rancho Vegas, the first hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip, opens.
  • 1955 - The Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino becomes the first racially integrated casino in Las Vegas.
  • 1967 - The International Hotel (now the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino) opens, becoming the largest hotel in the world at the time.
  • 1989 - The Mirage Casino-Hotel opens, starting the era of themed resort development in Las Vegas.
  • 1990 - The population of Clark County surpasses one million residents.
  • 2005 - The Las Vegas Monorail begins operation, providing public transportation along the Las Vegas Strip.
  • 2010 - The population of Clark County exceeds two million residents.