Las Vegas, NM the original Las Vegas

The city in New Mexico was established by a Mexican land grant in 1835. New Mexico’s city has a valid claim to being the first Las Vegas in the country, predating Nevada’s by 70 years. The Nevada city was briefly called “Los Vegas” in an attempt to avoid confusion. This Las Vegas in New Mexico is packed with tourists in the summer, is the filming location for iconic movies and gets about 80 inches of snow each year.

Yesterday we went to see the first Las Vegas.

We weren’t disappointed on our stroll through “Old Town Las Vegas,” I wanted to see if they had any old original buildings that looked like an old Mexican town. They did still have some and we got to go inside The Plaza hotel and check it out, so that was exciting too. It was a fun time in the old town yesterday.

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