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Las Vegas’ Old Mormon Fort State Historic Park

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Among our Las Vegas faves, the place where Las Vegas began, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Historic Park, 500 East Washington Avenue in downtown. Entrance fee is $3 and those under 12 years of age are free. Tue-Sat 8am-430pm. Recommended for history fans.

The site of the first permanent European settlement in the Las Vegas Valley. The fort is an immersive, closed and open-air museum environment, complete with requisite displays, gift shop, remains of the 1855 adobe fort, gardens (!), and a replica of the original springs.

What impresses me most are conversations with staff. The park rangers are first rate explainers. I’ve always learned as much in conversation as I do the dioramas. Keep an eye out for announcements of community events, dutch oven cooking demonstrations, and tastings of Indigenous foods, including Navajo Tacos.

Nearby: Cashman Center Soccer Stadium, Neon Museum, Nuwu

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Background
Nevada State Parks: Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort, the first permanent, non-native settlement in the Las Vegas Valley, features the historic remains of an adobe fort built by Mormon missionaries along a spring-fed creek in 1855. The creek, the only free-flowing water for miles around, provided irrigation for fields and orchards and the 150 square foot outpost served as a way station for travelers. Today the park is located in what is now Downtown Las Vegas. In addition to the fort, which contains a multitude of historic artifacts, a Visitor Center contains exhibits and photos that illustrate the history of the site.

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