The history of Las Vegas begins with the discovery of minerals and precious metals, leading to the beginning of the mining industry. The completion of the main railway, linking Southern California with Salt Lake City, established Las Vegas as a railroad town, while the availability of water makes Las Vegas an ideal rest stop. While the principal industry in early Las Vegas is the railroad, gambling is legalized in 1911 and in 1931 the construction of Hoover Dam brings an influx of construction workers. A population boom begins during construction, giving an economical boost during the Great Depression. Following World War II, extravagant hotels and casinos are built, bringing tourism and entertainment to the forefront. These industries continue to flourish as Las Vegas's economy mainstay.
Las Vegas has consistently maintained the highest new job growth in the United States. Of the 25 cities likely to have the country's highest employment growth over the next five years, Las Vegas ranked sixth in a recent Forbes Magazine study. The construction industry continues to be a major employer in Southern Nevada as the demands for residential, resort, office and industrial space continue to soar. Gaming has served as the catalyst for the bulk of the Las Vegas's phenomenal growth and outstanding economic success, providing a consistent flood of new jobs.
The most impressive draw to the Las Vegas Northwest area is its natural beauty. Located in the desert valley, Las Vegas Northwest and the surrounding areas boast multicolor sunsets and landscape etched by the elements. Blessed with low humidity, ideal spring and fall temperatures and an average 320 days of sunshine per year, Las Vegas Northwest is a great place to live where outdoor lovers can find a multitude of offerings.
The Las Vegas area is a paradise for recreational and sightseeing activities including dude ranches, biking, hiking, camping, fishing, golf, skiing, boating and white water rafting. Dozens of challenging golf courses beckon golfers year round. Lake Mead's miles of shorelines are enjoyed by boaters, water skiers, swimmers, and fishermen. The Colorado River offers unforgettable white water rafting. For hiking, rock climbing, and outdoor photography there's Red Rock Canyon and Mt. Charleston. Skiers love Mt. Charleston and the many other ski slopes within a short drive of Las Vegas for their winter fun. Day tours to the Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon, Valley of Fire and Death Valley are all available for family fun within close proximity to Las Vegas Northwest. In addition, the area has more than 50 performing arts centers and cultural organizations that enrich the lives of residents and visitors.
Whether it's the diverse cultural and recreational opportunities, the friendly people or the beautiful natural scenery, Las Vegas Northwest and the surrounding communities afford a quality of life second to none. The combination of community living, a strong economy, a multitude of recreational opportunities and a beautiful landscape all adjacent to a dynamic downtown, make Las Vegas Northwest a great place to call home.