Las Vegas, New Mexico Facts:
- County: San Miguel
- Coverage Area (Total): 7.5 sq. miles
- Elevation: 6,424 ft.
- Population: 14,408
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Conchas Dam, Ilfeld, Las Vegas, Montezuma, Pecos, Ribera, Rociada, Rowe, San Jose, Sapello, Serafina, Tecolote, Terrero (Tererro), Trementina, Villanueva
Las Vegas was established in 1835 through a land grant given to settlers by the Mexican government. The town was laid out in traditional Spanish Colonial style (a central plaza surrounded by buildings) as a way of fortifying the town in case of attack. It wasn't until 1846 when Las Vegas was claimed by the United States as part of the Mexican-American War.
When the railroad arrived in 1879, a host of new businesses and people flooded the area. Some of these people were considered the most notorious legends of the Old West, including Doc Holliday, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid. Historian Ralph Twitchell once said, "Without exception, there was no town which harbored a more disreputable gang of desperadoes and outlaws than did Las Vegas."
Las Vegas maintains a variety of attractions including:Back to Top