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The history of Las Vegas is fascinating. From its earliest days as a Native American oasis, to the Wild West, to today's glittering global tourism mecca, Las Vegas has seen and done it all.

 

TIMELINE

 

 

Up to 1899

Southern Paiute inhabited area long before the arrival of the first Europeans.

1776

"Spanish Explorers" came through southern Nevada.

1829

The Spanish Scout Rafael Riviera becomes first European in the Las Vegas Valley.

1829

Antonio Armijo arrives after his scout Rafael Riviera.

1844

John C. Fremont Arrives.

1855

Mormons arrive in Las Vegas and establish fort.

1855

First Post Office established and is named Bringhurst after Mission President William Bringhurst.

1857

Mormons abandon fort.

1864

Nevada is admitted to the Union by President Lincoln.

1865

Octavius Decatur Gass takes over old Mormon Fort and Establishes Las Vegas Rancho.

1880

Archibald and Helen Stewart acquire Las Vegas Rancho from Octavius Decatur Gass for $5000.00.

1882

Helen Stewart gives birth to Evaline La Vega Stewart named after Las Vegas.

1884

Archibald Stewart murdered at Kiel Ranch - First Las Vegas Murder - Unresolved.

 

1900-1989

1900-1989
1906 - The town of Las Vegas shortly after establishment.

1903

Helen J. Stewart Sells Las Vegas Rancho to Montana Senator William A. Clark for $55000.00.

1905

Town of Las Vegas established with the opening of the Salt Lake, San Pedro & Los Angeles Railroad.

1905

First Train Arrives in Las Vegas.

1907

First Telephone wires installed in Las Vegas.

1909

Clark County, Nevada Created.

1909

First Theater the Isis opens.

1910

State of Nevada Bans Gambling.

1911

The City of Las Vegas is incorporated.

1912

The Majestic Theater Opens.

1914

First Movie Filmed - The Hazards of Helen.

1920

First Airplane Lands in Las Vegas - Randall Henderson and his Jenny

1923

First Rodeo

1926

First commercial airline flight, Western Air Express

1927

First Golf Course built

1929

Las Vegas High School opens

1931

Hoover Dam construction begins in Black Canyon.

1931

Gambling legalized in Nevada.

1931

First Gaming License Issued to Las Vegas resident Mayme Stocker

1933

Historic Downtown US Post-Office and Federal Courthouse Opens

1935

Hoover Dam dedicated by President Franklin Roosevelt.

1934

First Helldorado Days Parade Held

1939

Basic Magnesium Plant opens

1940

Clark County population 16,414 (Las Vegas - 8,422).

1941

El Rancho Vegas opens on the Strip. El Cortez Hotel opens in downtown Las Vegas. El Rancho destroyed by fire 19 years later.

1942

Last Frontier Hotel opens. (Later called New Frontier and Frontier.)

1944

Liberace makes his Las Vegas Debut

1946

Bugsy Siegel opens Flamingo Hotel. State levies first gaming taxes.

1947

Maxwell Kelch of Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce establishes Desert Sea News Bureau to promote Las Vegas through photography. Name changed to Las Vegas News Bureau in 1949

1948

Thunderbird Hotel and Casino Opens

1948

Clark County buys Alamo Air Field and opens first Airport - Later called McCarran International Airport

1949

Created in 1947 as Desert Sea; name changed to Las Vegas News Bureau in 1949

1950

Clark County population 48,289. (Las Vegas - 24,624.)

1950

Desert Inn Hotel and Casino Opens

1950

Silver Slipper Casino Opens

1950

Vegas Vic is erected on Fremont Street

1951

First Atomic Test detonated at the NTS

1951

Senator Estes Kefauver begins hearings on organized crime - first televised senate hearings - A publicity bonanza for Las Vegas

1952

The Sahara Hotel and Casino Opens

1952

The Sands Hotel and Casino Opens

1955

Gaming control strengthened. Gaming Control Board created within the Nevada Tax Commission by the Legislature.

1955

The Royal Nevada Hotel and Casino Opens

1955

The Dunes Hotel and Casino Opens

1955

The Moulin Rouge Hotel and Casino Opens

1956

The Hacienda Hotel and Casino Opens

1957

Tropicana Hotel and Casino Opens

1958

The Stardust Hotel and Casino Opens

1959

Las Vegas Convention Center opens. The Nevada Gaming Commission is created by the Legislature.

1960

Clark County population 127,016. (Las Vegas - 64,405.)

1962

The Tally Ho Hotel Opens

1962

The La Concha Motel Opens - Designed by famed LA Architect Paul Revere Williams

1963

Westward Ho Motel Resort Opens

1964

The Beatles arrive in Las Vegas and performed two sold out shows at the Las Vegas Convention Center

1966

The Aladdin Hotel and Casino Opens

1966

Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino Opens

1966

Howard Hughes arrives to live at Desert Inn. Hughes made his first impact in Las Vegas in the early 1940's when he bought up the land that is now Summerlin to build an aircraft factory

1967

Nevada's legislature passes a law allowing publicly traded corporations to obtain gambling licenses. The law is refined in 1969.

1968

Circus Circus casino opens; hotel opens in 1972

1970

Clark County population 273,288. (Las Vegas - 125,787.)

1973

The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino Opens - Worlds Largest Hotel

1975

Nevada gaming revenues first crack $1 billion mark.

1977

Clark County gaming revenues first crack $1 billion mark. The Nevada Legislature passes a foreign gaming law allowing Nevada -based casino owners to operate casinos outside Nevada's borders.

1980

Clark County population hits 463,087 (Las Vegas - 164,674) as Las Vegas celebrates 75th birthday.

1980

MGM Grand Hotel is consumed in a fire - Worst disaster in Las Vegas History

1980

Hilton Hotel Fire

1981

Las Vegas celebrates Golden Anniversary of Gaming.

1985

First National Finals Rodeo held in Las Vegas.

1989

Mirage opens November 22, with 3,039 rooms.

 

1990-1994

1990-1994
1990 - Excalibur Opens.

1990

Clark County population 741,459. (Las Vegas - 258,295.)

1990

Excalibur opens June 19, to date the world's largest resort hotel with 4,032 rooms.

1992

First Las Vegas Bowl held at Silver Bowl.

1993

Flamingo Hilton announces plans to raze Bugsy's suite and office.

1993

Dunes Hotel sold to Steve Wynn's Mirage Inc.; the north tower and Dunes sign imploded October 27.

1993

Money won by Nevada casinos tops the $6 billion mark for the first time.

1993

ITT Sheraton Corp. purchases Desert Inn Hotel from Kirk Kerkorian's Tracinda Corp.

1993

Dunes Hotel imploded October 27.

1993

Grand Slam Canyon Adventuredome opens August 23.

1993

Luxor Hotel opens October 15 with 2,526 rooms.

1993

Treasure Island Hotel opens October 27 with 2,900 rooms.

1993

MGM Grand Hotel and Theme Park opens December 18, with 5,005 rooms and a 171,500- square-foot casino; to date the largest resort hotel-casino in the world.

1993

Nevada Legislature passes enabling legislation for financing of "The Fremont Street Experience."

1994

Buffalo Bill's in Primm and Boulder Station Casino on Boulder Highway in Las Vegas open.

1994

Plans to construct New York-New York Hotel Casino at the intersection of the Strip and Tropicana Avenue announced jointly by MGM Grand and Primadonna Resorts.

1994

Work begins on Fremont Street Experience. Downtown Fremont Street is permanently closed to automobile traffic on September 7.

1994

The first scheduled Condor charter flight to Las Vegas from Cologne, Germany, lands November 7 at McCarran International Airport.

1994

Sam's Town on Boulder Highway expands with the opening of a 650-room tower and lush, plant-filled atrium.

1994

A 300-room hotel-casino named Boomtown opens on Blue Diamond Road at I-15.

1994

Four skywalks are built over the intersection of Tropicana Boulevard and the Las Vegas Strip.

1994

McCarran opens Interstate 15-airport connector road system that tunnels under the east-west runways.

1994

The Fiesta, the first hotel-casino in North Las Vegas, opens with 100 rooms.

 

1995-1999

1995-1999
1996 - Implosion of Hacienda.

1995

Vegas World closes its doors February 1 for work on a casino complex and the Stratosphere Tower.

1995

The first Hard Rock Hotel opens March 10.

1995

$25 million monorail begins running between MGM Grand and Bally's hotel-casinos on June 14.

1995

Bill Bennett retires from Circus Circus Enterprises, then buys the Sahara Hotel-Casino from Paul and Sue Lowden.

1995

ITT Corp. buys Caesars World Inc. for $1.7 billion, including Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

1995

Construction begins on Steve Wynn's 46-story, $1.7 billion 3,000-room Bellagio, located at the intersection of Flamingo Road and the Las Vegas Strip.

1995

Circus Circus Enterprises buys Hacienda and surrounding 100 acres.

1995

The face of downtown Las Vegas changes forever with the December 14 opening of the $70 million Fremont Street Experience.

1995

Las Vegas reports a 29 million visitor volume for the year. Statewide gross gaming revenue surpasses $7.3 billion. Clark County produced $5.7 billion of the state's gaming revenue total.

1995

Landmark Hotel imploded November 7.

1996

Ground breaking ceremonies for Las Vegas Hilton's "Star Trek: The Experience" held on January 24.

1996

The $13 million Las Vegas Strip beautification project, in which 76,000 palms, shrubs, flowering foliage and ground covers were planted, is finished in March.

1996

Wayne Newton celebrates 25,000th Las Vegas performance. Siegfried and Roy celebrate 15,000th Las Vegas performance.

1996

Work is completed on the Desert Inn Road arterial, creating the first tunnel under the Las Vegas Strip.

1996

Stratosphere Tower, the tallest free-standing observation tower in the U.S. and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River, opens April 30.

1996

Hilton Hotels Corp. purchases Bally's Entertainment Corp., parent company of Bally's hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip for $3 billion.

1996

Caesars Magical Empire, a multimillion dollar dining and entertainment complex opens in Caesars Palace June 18.

1996

Monte Carlo, a joint venture between Circus Circus Enterprises Inc. and Mirage Resorts Inc. opens June 21.

1996

The $72 million, 1,100-acre Las Vegas Motor Speedway with tracks for drag, stock car and formula car races opens in September.

1996

Clark County Commission grants building permits for the $500 million, 2,900-room Paris Casino Resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

1996

Hyatt Hotel Corp. announces plans to build a 500-room hotel on the shores of Lake Las Vegas

1996

Circus Circus Enterprises announces a joint venture with Four Seasons Regent to build a 400-room, five star non-gaming hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

1996

The Sands Hotel, after 44 years of continuous operation, is closed June 30 by owner Sheldon Adelson who announces plans to build a 6,000-room megaresort on the Las Vegas Strip site. Sands tower imploded November 26.

1996

Flamingo Hilton celebrates 50th anniversary. Caesars Palace celebrates 30th anniversary.

1996

State Line, NV, at the Southern Nevada-California border, is renamed Primm in honor of the community's founder Ernest Primm.

1996

Ground breaking held for 3,000-room Planet Hollywood Hotel Casino adjacent to The Desert Inn at Sands Avenue and the Las Vegas Strip. Construction on the joint venture between ITT Corp. and Planet Hollywood was never started.

1996

Circus Circus implodes Hacienda Hotel Casino December 31 to make way for megaresort.

1996

29.6 million people visit Las Vegas in 1996; state gross gaming revenue totals $7.45 billion, and Clark County population hits 1.1 million.

1997

The Tropicana Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip celebrates its 40th anniversary.

1997

New York-New York Hotel Casino opens on the Las Vegas Strip January 3. More than 100,000 people a day visit the new resort during the casino's first days in operation.

1997

Hilton Hotels Corp. makes a $10.5 billion hostile takeover move on January 28 against ITT Corp., which resists the bid. ITT shareholders reject Hilton takeover in favor of a more lucrative offer by Starwood Lodging. The deal involves ownership of Caesars Place and The Desert Inn on the Las Vegas Strip.

1997

The 6,945-yard, par 71 Lakes Course opens February 7, the first golf course located in Primm, NV.

1997

Sheldon Adelson breaks ground in April to build the 6,000-suite, $1.8 billion Venetian Hotel and Resort on the grounds of the original Sands Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

1997

Steve Wynn, builder of Las Vegas Strip megaresorts, calls for a "go slow" approach to future expansion in Las Vegas.

1997

The U.S. Air Force celebrates its 50th anniversary in an unequaled display of military aviation might attended by 80 foreign, high-ranking NATO and Pacific Air command officials, and 300,000 spectators.

1997

Coca Cola Co. opens its World of Coca Cola(r) store in the Showcase Mall marked by a 100-foot-tall glass Coca Cola bottle.

1997

The first non-stop scheduled commercial flight from Frankfurt-Mein International Airport in Germany lands May 7 with 215 passengers at McCarran International Airport.

1997

Sunset Station Hotel-Casino opens June 10.

1997

Players Island Resort Hotel and Spa in Mesquite is purchased by Virgin River Casino and renamed CasaBlanca on July 1.

1997

The Forum Shops at Caesars on August 29 opened 35 new shops, stores and restaurants in a 276,000-square-foot expansion. Growth doubles the size of the upscale shopping mall adjacent to Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip.

1997

The Aladdin Hotel closes on the Las Vegas Strip November 25 making way for a $1.2 billion gambling and hotel complex. Plans call for development of a Middle East-theme shopping center, a 2,600-room hotel as well as a joint venture with Planet Hollywood Inc. for development of a neighboring $250 million, 2,000-room music-theme resort. Planet Hollywood drops out of the deal in 1998.

1997

The Desert Inn Hotel Casino completes $200 million renovation and expansion.

1997

Owners change the name of the Boomtown Hotel Casino to Silverton after Majestic Realty Co. takes control of the struggling resort from Boomtown Inc.

1997

Harley Davidson Cafe opens on the Las Vegas Strip, continuing the theme restaurant proliferation.

1997

Caesars Palace opens new tower in December.

1997

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. buys Showboat Inc. in a $1.154 billion deal.

1997

The Frontier Hotel, owned by the Elardi family, is sold to Phil Ruffin, a Kansas industrialist, for $165 million.

1997

Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino opens Masquerade Village and new 41-story, 1,025-room tower giving the resort a total of 2,556 suites.

1997

Alan Paulson, California entrepreneur, buys the Gold River Casino/Hotel in Laughlin. The property is renamed River Palms Resort.

1998

"Star Trek: The Experience" opens January 4 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

1998

Circus Circus officials announce that Mandalay Bay will be the name of the company's new resort at the Strip and Russell Road. The hotel's working name was Project Paradise.

1998

Starwood Hotels & Resorts buys ITT Corp. for $14.6 billion. The purchase includes acquisition of Caesars Palace and The Desert Inn hotel/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip.

1998

Eagle Canyon Airlines buys Las Vegas-based Scenic Airlines.

1998

The Aladdin Hotel is imploded on April 27.

1998

Northwest Airlines inaugurates non-stop service June 1 from Tokyo to Las Vegas.

1998

Japan Airlines inaugurates non-stop service October 2 from Tokyo to Las Vegas.

1998

Koren Airlines makes history in August with three non-stop charter flights from Seoul, Korea, to Las Vegas.

1998

Country Star restaurant on the Strip is acquired by Mirage Resorts Inc. and closes

1998

Bellagio, billed as the most expensive hotel in the world ($1.7 billion) opens October 15 on the Las Vegas Strip and initiates a policy barring persons under 18 years of age who are not registered guests of the hotel.

1998

Las Vegas Convention Center opens an expansion, boosting its total space to 1.9 million square feet.

1998

The Debbie Reynolds hotel-casino, a half block east of the Las Vegas Strip on Convention Center Drive, is sold at public auction August 5 to the World Wrestling Federation for $9.27 million.

1998

The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is sold in December by founders Bill Bennett and Ralph Englestad to North Carolina -based Speedway Motorsports Inc., headed by O. Bruton Smith, for $215 million.

1998

Proposition 5 is passed by California voters in November, opening the door for casino-style gambling on American Indian reservations.

1998

A 66-year-old Las Vegas resident hits a $27.58 million progressive Megabucks jackpot November 15 at the Palace Station Hotel Casino.

1998

The D gates open at McCarran International Airport.

1998

Annual gross gaming revenue in Nevada hits the $8.1 billion mark.

1998

Annual number of visitors to Las Vegas totals 30.6 million people.

1998

On December 31, Hilton Hotels Corp. spins off its gaming division to Park Place Entertainment Corp., including the Las Vegas Hilton, Flamingo Hilton, Bally's and Paris Las Vegas on the Strip

1999

Harrah's Entertainment Inc. purchases the Rio Hotel-Casino Inc. for $888 million, Jan. 1.

1999

MGM Grand Inc. buys Primadonna Resorts Inc., taking 100 percent ownership of New York-New York Hotel-Casino on the Las Vegas Strip and Whiskey Pete's, Buffalo Bill's and Primm Valley Resort & Casino in Primm, NV, March 1.

1999

Mandalay Bay Resort opens March 2 with 3,300 rooms.

1999

Four Seasons Hotel opens March 2 with 424 rooms.

1999

Japan Airlines adds a fourth nonstop flight per week in April from Tokyo to Las Vegas.

1999

Phase I of the Venetian Resort-Hotel-Casino opens May 3 with 3,036 suites.

1999

The Las Vegas Convention Center celebrates its 40th birthday.

1999

Circus Circus Enterprises changes its name to Mandalay Resort Group

1999

The Resort at Summerlin opens July 15.

1999

Paris Las Vegas Casino Resort opens September 1.

1999

Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler, Rod Stewart, Elton John, Tina Turner, Wayne Newton and Don Rickles are among the many entertainers booked by Las Vegas resorts to ring in the new century.

 

2000-2004

2000-2004
2004 - The Monorail Opens.

2000

A $3 billion deal closes to sell Caesars World Inc., including Caesars Palace on the Las Vegas Strip, to Park Place Entertainment.

2000

The Resort at Summerlin changes its name to The Regent Las Vegas.

2000

MGM Grand Inc. announces the purchase of Mirage Resorts Inc., creating the largest corporate buyout in gaming history.

2000

Station Casinos plans a $55 million expansion for its Texas Station in North Las Vegas.

2000

The Clark County Department of Aviation unveils $1 billion plan for expansion and renovation of McCarran International Airport.

2000

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority awards a $113 million contract to PCL Construction Services to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center.

2000

The two largest carriers to the Las Vegas market-Southwest Airlines and America West-add 2,762 seats.

2000

Construction begins on Station Casinos' latest hotel-casino, Green Valley Ranch.

2000

Virgin Atlantic Airways begins first regular flights from England to Las Vegas.

2000

Station Casinos purchases the Santa Fe hotel-casino for $205 million.

2000

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority opens an affiliate office in Sydney, Australia.

2001

The Orleans plans $100 million expansion that will include the addition of a 620-room hotel tower, a 9,000-seat arena and a 40,000-square-foot casino.

2001

Aloha Airlines announces daily round trips to Las Vegas from Honolulu and Maui.

2001

Mandalay Resort Group announces plans to add a 1.8-million-square-foot convention center to Mandalay Bay.

2001

ESPN Regional assumes ownership of the Las Vegas Bowl from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

2002

NEONOPOLIS entertainment center opens downtown at the Fremont Street Experience.

2002

JetBlue Airways announces daily service from Las Vegas to Long Beach.

2002

For the first time, La Cumbre, the world's largest trade show promoting travel to the United States among residents of the Caribbean, Mexico, and Central and South America, comes to Las Vegas.

2002

Wynn Resorts goes public with IPO for $1.85 billion megaresort, Le Rêve.

2003

The $105 million '40s themed property, The Cannery, opens its doors.

2003

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority debuts its new advertising campaign, "Vegas Stories" with the tagline, "What Happens Here, Stays Here."

2003

America West increases its number of daily trips between Las Vegas and Denver, Phoenix, San Diego, San Jose, Calif., and San Francisco.

2003

The Stratosphere releases plans for its latest thrill ride, a teeter-totter like device situated nearly 900 feet above Las Vegas Boulevard, aptly called X Scream.

2003

Steve Wynn changes the name for Las Vegas' newest megaresort from Le Rêve to Wynn Las Vegas.

2003

Las Vegas Premium Outlets open in downtown Las Vegas.

2003

The Fashion Show mall completes a $1 billion expansion, including a towering outdoor multimedia platform called, "The Cloud."

2003

McCarran International Airport introduces new electronic ticketing kiosk system.

2003

Mandalay Bay opens new 1,120-suite tower, THEhotel.

2004

Park Place Entertainment Corp. officially changes its name to Caesars Entertainment.

2004

Harrah's Entertainment purchases Binion's Horseshoe.

2004

Boyd Gaming Corporation merges with Coast Resorts.

2004

Mergers abound in Las Vegas. MGM MIRAGE announces plans to purchase the Mandalay Resort Group. One month later, Harrah's Entertainment announces its plans to purchase Caesars Entertainment.

2004

The Strip dims its lights for President Ronald Reagan's passing. Other dignitaries to receive such a remembrance upon their passing have included President John F. Kennedy; Rat Pack members Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin; and George Burns.

2004

The Las Vegas Hilton is sold to Colony Resorts for $280 million.

2004

The Las Vegas Monorail, a $654 million mass transit system, opens to the public.

2004

Las Vegas Sands releases new details about its planned $1.6 billion Palazzo casino resort on the Strip.

 

2005-2009

2005-2009
2005 - Las Vegas Celebrates Its 100th Birthday.

2005

Las Vegas celebrates its Centennial year throughout 2005, beginning with the New Year's fireworks display. Las Vegas will celebrate its 100th birthday on May 15, 2005, with the world's largest birthday cake and a recreation of the 1905 land auction that started the Las Vegas community as we know it today.

2005

Wynn Las Vegas, the destination's newest megaresort, opens April 28, 2005.

2005

Visitor volume for 2004 breaks tourism records with 37.4 million.

2005

Wynn Las Vegas opens April 28, 2005. At $2.7 billion, the resort becomes the most expensive hotel and casino in the world.

2005

"Condo-mania" hits Las Vegas. A multitude of developers ranging from Donald Trump to MGM MIRAGE announce plans for high-rise luxury condominium projects. By 2010, 10,000 to 15,000 condominium-hotel units are expected to be added to the current room inventory.

2005

Las Vegas Sands breaks ground for The Palazzo, a $1.6 billion, 3,000-room resort adjacent to The Venetian.

2005

MGM MIRAGE announces Project CityCenter, an "urban metropolis" with 4,000 hotel rooms and 1,650 condominium units. Project CityCenter will cost nearly $5 billion, making it the largest privately funded project in the United States.

2005

Houston-based Landry's Restaurants takes over downtown's largest casino, the Golden Nugget.

2005

The National Basketball Association selects Las Vegas as the host for the 2007 All-Star game. This will be the first time this high-profile sporting event is held in a city without an NBA team.

2005

Megamergers galore in 2005. In June, MGM MIRAGE and Mandalay Resort Group complete its $7.9 billion merger. One month later, Harrah's Entertainment buys Caesars Entertainment for $9.4 billion, making it the largest casino company.

2005

The destination's tagline, "What Happens Here, Stays Here" firmly cements itself into the American lexicon. The wildly popular phrase is included in countless television shows such as First Lady Laura Bush's interview on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and Billy Crystal's opening monologue during "The Academy Awards."

2006

Boyd Gaming Corp. announces Echelon Place, a $4 billion development project. The 5,300-room resort will be located on the 63-acre site now occupied by the Stardust.

2006

The Castaways, the property formerly known as The Showboat, is imploded. Within 18 seconds, the 19-story hotel is reduced to a 20,000-ton pile of rubble.

2006

Cirque du Soleil opens its fifth resident show, ' Love' at The Mirage, playing in the theater space of long-time Las Vegas magicians, Siegfried & Roy. The show is based on The Beatles music.

2006

Nevada celebrates 75 years of legalized gaming.

2006

Red Rock Resort Casino Spa, the newest property from Station Casinos, opens. The property is the first billion-dollar resort to be built off the Las Vegas Strip.

2006

Fantasy Suites opens at The Palms Casino Resort. Located on the tower's 25th and 26th floors, the Fantasy Suites take the themed hotel room to exotic extremes.

2006

Palms Casino Resort breaks ground on Palms Place Condominium, Hotel and Spa.

2006

McCarran Airport ranked fifth busiest passenger airport according to the Airports Council International North America's annual traffic ranking.

2006

Morgans Hotel Group selects Golden Gaming to operate the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino properties.

2006

Hooters Hotel and Casino Opens in Las Vegas.

2006

Lady Luck Hotel and Casino in Downtown Las Vegas closes for renovation.

2006

Nevada becomes #1 in restaurant growth. The National Restaurant Association report shows that Nevada's restaurant industry is growing faster than anywhere else in the country.

2006

Wynn Resorts breaks ground on Encore.

2007

NBA All-Star 2007 comes to Las Vegas. For the first time in history, the NBA All-Star game is played in a city without a resident NBA team.

2007

MGM MIRAGE's CityCenter releases residences for purchase.

2007

Monty Python's Spamalot debuts at Wynn Las Vegas.

2007

The Producers debuts at Paris Las Vegas.

2007

Fremont East Entertainment District Improvement Project celebrates its groundbreaking to revitalize Downtown.

2007

Grand Canyon Skywalk Opens. This modern-day marvel becomes the first-ever cantilever-shaped glass walkway to suspend more than 4,000 feet above the canyon's floor and extend 70 feet from the canyon's rim.

2007

Tropicana Resort & Casino celebrates 50 years on the Las Vegas Strip.

2007

The Stardust Hotel & Casino is imploded.

2007

The Aladdin Casino Resort transforms into Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Desert Passage Shops become Miracle Mile Shops.

2007

Cirque du Soleil announces its seventh resident production show featuring renowned illusionist Criss Angel.

2007

MGM Grand's The Signature completes third and final tower.

2007

The Las Vegas Springs Preserve opens to the public. This 180-acre, cultural and historic attraction, considered the "birthplace" of Las Vegas, features museums, galleries, the future Nevada State Museum and more.

2007

Las Vegas hosts first MTV Video Music Awards at The Palms Casino Resort.

2007

Harrah's Entertainment announces $1 billion expansion of Caesars Palace including a new Octavius Tower.

2007

Luxor unveils renovation plans.

2007

FIBA Americas Championship is held in Las Vegas for the first time.

2007

Harrah's Entertainment and AEG announce plans for a 20,000-seat, state-of-the-art sports arena.

2007

Silverton Casino Lodge begins $130 million expansion.

2007

The Frontier Hotel & Casino is imploded to make room for a multi-billion dollar project from the Elad Group modeled after New York's The Plaza Hotel.

2007

Michelin unveils first-ever restaurant and hotel selections for Las Vegas. One of only four U.S. cities to be written up by this guide, Las Vegas joins New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The Michelin Guide Las Vegas 2008 features 127 restaurants and 30 hotels.

2007

Plans and details announced for Anthony Marnell's The M Resort, Spa and Casino.

2007

Neon Museum begins the reassembly of the historic La Concha Motel lobby at the site of the Neon Boneyard. The La Concha will serve as part of a permanent museum building for the non-restored historic signs.

2007

Town Square Las Vegas, a new retail, dining and entertainment project, opens on South Las Vegas Boulevard.

2008

The Palazzo celebrates its grand opening.

2008

Golden Nugget completes $60 million expansion including adding convention space and a new nightclub.

2008

Caesars Palace raises table game limit ceiling to the highest in Las Vegas.

2008

Bette Midler becomes new resident headliner at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, replacing Celine Dion who had a successful five-year run.

2008

Lake Las Vegas ownership shifts to the Atalon Group.

2008

September 1; The Star Trek Experience closes at the Las Vegas Hilton after 12 successful years.

2008

Donny and Marie headline at Flamingo - Oct. 2008

2008

Aliante Station celebrates grand opening - Nov. 11, 2008

2008

Encore Las Vegas opens - Dec. 2008

2009

CityCenter starts accepting applications for more than 12,000 open jobs - Jan. 5, 2009

2009

Mamma Mia ends its record-breaking engagement at Manadalay Bay - Jan. 4, 2009

2009

M Resort, Spa Casino opens - March 1, 2009

2009

Terry Fator opens show at The Mirage - March 17, 2009

2009

Las Vegas Convention Center Celebrates 50th Anniversary - April 12, 2009

2009

Las Vegas celebrates third annual Vegas Uncork'd presented by Bon Appetit - May 7-10, 2009

2009

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino unveils The New Joint and headliner Carlos Santana - May 2009

2009

Disney's The Lion King opens at Mandalay Bay - May 15, 2009

2009

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts celebrates groundbreaking - May 26, 2009

2009

National Hockey League hosts its 2009 Awards in Las Vegas at The Pearl at Palms - June 18, 2009

2009

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas introduces 490-room Paradise Tower - July 31, 2009

2009

Hotel 32 at Monte Carlo Opens - Aug. 10, 2009

2009

Charo debuts all new show at Riviera Hotel & Casino - Aug. 2009

2009

Pink's Hot Dogs opens first location at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas - Sept. 2009

2009

Las Vegas participates in Third Annual Restaurant Week Aug. 31 - Sept. 6, 2009

2009

Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and wife Carolyn renew their wedding vows publicly on Fremont Street on 9/9/09

2009

Hard Rock Opens a New Flagship Cafe on Vegas Strip - Oct. 2009

2009

World's Largest Helium Balloon - Cloud Nine - Takes Flight Above the Strip - Oct. 5, 2009

2009

"Mr. Las Vegas," Wayne Newton celebrates his 50th year of entertaining audiences with a new production at the Tropicana, "Once Before I Go." - Oct. 14, 2009

2009

British Airways Starts Daily Non-Stop Service between London Heathrow and Las Vegas - Oct. 25, 2009

2009

Clark County Museum inaugurates restored Candlelight Wedding Chapel - November 14

2009

Golden Nugget's New Rush Tower Opens - Nov. 20, 2009

2009

Vdara Hotel & Spa Opens at CityCenter - Dec. 1, 2009

2009

Crystals Opens at CityCenter - Dec. 3, 2009

2009

Wrangler National Finals Rodeo Celebrates 25 Years in Las Vegas - Dec. 3, 2009

2009

Mandarin Oriental Opens at CityCenter - Dec. 4, 2009

2009

Las Vegas hosts NASCAR Champion's Week festivities for the first time ever - Dec. 4, 2009

2009

Las Vegas Strip closes to vehicular traffic for the first time in marathon history for the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon - Dec. 6, 2009

2009

Country Music Legend Garth Brooks comes out of retirement to perform special engagements at Wynn Las Vegas - Dec. 11, 2009

2009

ARIA Resort & Casino Opens at CityCenter - Dec. 16, 2009

2009

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Opens All-Suite HRH Tower - Dec. 28, 2009

2009

Planet Hollywood Opens Westgate Resorts Tower - Dec. 28, 2009

 

2010-Present

2010-Present
2012 - The Smith Center Opens.

2010

Historic neon signs installed in the Cultural Corridor

2010

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opens downtown

2010

USA Sevents Rugby Tournament moves to Las Vegas for multi-year commitment

2010

Stratosphere introduces worlds' highest "Skyjump" attraction

2010

Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino celebrates 20th anniversary

2010

Tropicana Las Vegas begins property-wide renovation project

2010

MGM Mirage rebrands; becomes MGM Resorts International

2010

Las Vegas hosts 2010 Miss Universe Pageant

2010

Harrah's Entertainment rebrands; becomes Caesars Entertainment

2010

Master Magician Lance Burton ends historic run at Monte Carlo

2010

Liberace Museum closes its doors

2010

75th Anniversary of Hoover Dam dedication

2010

Mike O'Callaghan - Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge opens high above Colorado River overlooking Hoover Dam

2010

Cosmopolitan Hotel opens its doors December 15, 2010

2011

Celine Dion Returns to Las Vegas for Three-year Engagement

2011

Sahara Hotel & Casino closes May 16, 2011

2011

Caesars Palace Conference Center Expansion Awarded LEED Silver Certification

2011

Electric Daisy Carnival At Las Vegas Motor Speedway Debuts

2011

Binion's Gambling Hall Celebrates 60 Years

2012

Caesars Palace Opens Octavius Tower

2012

El Cortez Celebrates 70th Anniversary

2012

Las Vegas Hilton Renamed LVH

2012

Mob Museum Opens February 14, 2012

2012

The Smith Center for the Performing Arts Opens March 10, 2012

2012

Boyd Gaming's Eldorado Casino Celebrates Golden Anniversary

2012

McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas Opens Domestic Gates at New Terminal 3 June 2012

2012

Imperial Palace Renamed " The Quad Resort & Casino December 2012

2012

The D Las Vegas Opens (formerly Fitzgeralds Hotel)

2013

Legends in Concert Celebrates 30 years on Las Vegas Strip

2013

World's First Nobu Hotel Restaurant and Lounge Opens At Caesars Palace March 2013

2013

Terrible's Hotel and Casino Completes $7 Million Renovation and Renamed Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino July 2013

2013

Las Vegas Global Business District Unveiled for Las Vegas Convention Center

2013

Cashman Center 30th Anniversary Celebration

2013

El Cortez Hotel & Casino Now Listed on National Register of Historic Places