The city of Las Vegas is located in the country of Clark, a county that spans approximately 8,000 square miles. Within Clark Country there are seven Townships known as: City of Las Vegas, Enterprise, Paradise, Spring Valley, Sunrise Manor, Whitney and the Township of Winchester.
On May 15, 1905 Las Vegas was officially declared a city. One hundred and nine years later, in the year 2014, Las Vegas Nevada houses
nineteen of the twenty-five largest hotels in the world.
Interestingly, one of the only cities in the state of Nevada that
prohibits gambling, Boulder City, is located just twenty miles from
Las Vegas. Boulder City not only has the distinction of saying it
prohibits gambling, at the same time, it is the largest city by land
area in the state of Nevada.
Another interesting fact is that the largest man-made lake in the USA
is Lake Mead, located just 24 miles from Las Vegas. Lake Mead is 110
miles long. The lake offers a multitude of recreational opportunities
including, but not limited to, houseboat rentals, powerboat rentals,
fishing, restaurants, beautiful marinas and more.
These things are well documented in a variety of articles, books,
magazine etc., however most of the stories written about Las Vegas
seem to feature the days of the “Mob” and the underworld characters
who lived here and were accused of skimming casino profits while at
the same time committing a wide variety of other illegal deeds.
What I am writing has nothing to do with the Mob, and it has nothing
to do with Howard Hughes who was the influence that changed the very
face of Las Vegas Casino operations.
What I am writing has to do with the fact that Las Vegas is a city
that has been blessed by being kissed by the sun.
The fact of the matter is, millions of tourists from around the world
visit Las Vegas each year. In a way, Las Vegas has become an
institution as well as the world’s leading tourist destination, and
more. The city has been dubbed the Marriage Capital of the World, the
City that Never Sleeps, the Divorce Capital, the gaming Capital, the
number one convention destination in the world, the Entertainment
Capital and the list goes on and on.
Behind the scenes of these things are the residents of Las Vegas, the
people who make up the population that lives here, plays here, and
raises their families here. They are the people who work in the more
than 50 world class hotels doing a variety of jobs such as: dealers,
cooks, doctors, nurses, entertainers, small and large business owners,
butchers, bakers and candlestick-makers.
To some, Las Vegas may seem transient in many ways. It appears that
most of the residents are from other states or other countries. On the
surface, it seems like very few people who live here, were born here;
however, the fact of the matter is thousands upon thousands are born
in Las Vegas each year, attend the public and private schools here,
get their college educations here and go on to live their lives
raising their families here.
Because this city has been blessed to have millions of tourists from
around the world visit each year, and spend tens of millions of
dollars on the variety of things to do here, the blessing actually
becomes larger and larger with each passing year… more and more
tourists find their way to Las Vegas, each bringing their own personal
reasons for visiting our city and each spending money during the days
and nights of their visits.
I have seen many changes in the city since I moved here 58 years ago.
I have seen the skyline of the famous Las Vegas Strip change its look
in dramatic ways. I have seen the famous Fremont Street of Downtown
Las Vegas change from a street that was reputed to have more than
fifty million photographs taken of it, to the covered Fremont Street
Experience as it is called today.
I have seen the advent of corporate mentality inasmuch as how the
hotels and the Casinos operate today, versus the way they operated
prior to corporate mentality taking over.
I have seen Las Vegas showrooms that formally presented an array of
stars from one end of the Las Vegas Strip to the other, change their
formats by presenting 4-wall productions independently financed by
producers who are ready, willing and able to rent the four walls of
the showrooms and take their chances on filling the seats with paying
Sadly, the wonderful dinner shows, live orchestras, lounge
entertainment and star performers are things of the past. So is an
array of the famous Las Vegas hotels that made this city what it is
today… today, hotels like the Dunes, Stardust, Desert Inn, Sands,
Hacienda, Frontier, Castaways, Silver Slipper, Landmark and others are
what I call Ghosts of the Desert.
As far as I’m concerned, the people who live and work in Las Vegas
make up a group of people that for the most part, work in the service
industry; but along with these folks, are the people who make up the
remainder of the population. I must say that I have observed that in
the most innocuous ways, Las Vegas residents seems to stick together
in times of need.
It is well documented that local Las Vegans donate huge sums of money
to local, national and international charities every year. The city
itself continues to advertise around the world putting forth
information that continues to act as a ‘mouse trap’ to the tourists
who visit Las Vegas each year.
When I look at the tourists walking down the Las Vegas Strip, or
walking around downtown, I see smiling faces everywhere. People are
happy when they’re in Las Vegas because this city provides an
invisible electric thrill that cannot be found anywhere else on earth.
That’s why I’ve titled this, “The City That’s Kissed by the Sun,” the
element that sustains all life on planet Earth.
Notwithstanding the tourists, go into any local restaurant and again
you will see smiling faces, happy people for the most part who enjoy
living in this city that’s kissed by the sun.