The Coolest Historic Sites in Vegas You Didn’t Know About
While its history may not date back to Roman times, there is still a lot of back story behind Vegas. The next time you have a hankering to get out of the casino or see something other than neon lights, take a trip to any one of these incredible Vegas historic sites:
The Pioneer Saloon – Still going strong at 102 years old, the Pioneer Saloon is a treasure in Goodsprings. Made of stamped tin, the walls of the saloon are filled with old newspaper clippings, photos and even bullet holes. Step up to the bar to order your drink and you’re placing your elbows on a century’s worth of history.
The Bottle House – If you don’t mind travelling a little bit further outside of Vegas then take a ride to Rhyolite, near the eastern edge of Death Valley. This ghost town is home to a number of abandoned buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century, including the carefully preserved Bottle House. The unique home made using mud and over 10,000 discarded beer bottles is one of many pieces of history you’ll find in Rhyolite.
Las Vegas Springs Preserve – Life in Vegas begins at the Springs Preserve, where the natural springs provided water for the small town as it first began to flourish. The 180 acre attraction features numerous attractions and interactive activities where you can learn all you ever wanted to know about the rich history behind our sinful city.
Las Vegas High School – The original Las Vegas High School may be now be a fancy academy, but the design and history behind the building has landed it in both the National and State register of Historic Places. Built in 1930, it is the only building left in Vegas that reflects the unique art-deco style of that decade.
The Extraterrestrial Highway – Fans of UFOs and men from Mars will get a kick out of getting as close to the highly guarded Area 51 as the government will allow. The 150 mile ride out to Rachel takes you through scenic Nevada desert before the warning signs start to litter the side of the highway. Make sure you spare time for lunch at the A’Le’Inn before continuing your quest for E.T.
Bonnie Springs Ranch – The Bonnie Springs Ranch started construction in 1843, and was a stopping point along the Old Spanish Trail. The mining town that eventually sprung up in the area has been reconstructed, allowing visitors to get a taste of what pioneer life was really like.
The Golden Gate Hotel and Casino – If you don’t feel like leaving town to catch some history, just head downtown to Vegas’ original hotel and casino. Built in 1906, it is likely sentiment, and the rich history that the hotel holds, that has spared it from the wrecking ball. Although fully modernized with all the amenities of a new hotel, the flashbacks to its past make a visit to the Golden Gate a must do on everyone’s bucket list.
Historic site seeing may not be at the top of your Vegas to-do list, but it is worth looking into if you want a break from the strip, or to actually learn something about the city’s past. Each historic site on the list offers its own unique charm, giving you 7 good reasons to book more trips to Vegas.