Las Vegas Springs

Las Vegas Springs (HMYFY)

Location: Las Vegas, NV 89107 Clark County
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N 36° 10.219', W 115° 11.544'

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8000 B.P.

Bubbling artesian springs flowed here until they were exhausted in the middle of the 20th century, over-pumped to serve the city's growing population.

These springs and the creek they created gave life to the center of the valley. They erupted about 8000 years B.P. (before present). People came to the valley because of the reliable water and the plants and animals it supported. The springs allowed the Anasazi Indians and later the Paiute Indians to irrigate small gardens. Between 1829 and 1848, the natural grasslands watered by the creek made this an important stop for New Mexican mule caravans on their way to California. These Spanish-speaking traders named the campsite "Las Vegas" (the meadows).

Anglos began using the water in 1855, when the Mormons opened a mission about three miles east of the Springs. Later, pioneers John Howell and James B. Wilson developed a ranch at the Springs site. Howell was the first black man to settle in Las Vegas Valley. He arrived in 1870, married a Paiute woman and ran cattle with Wilson from 1872-1874, when Wilson left the valley. In 1876, Howell sold his "Spring Ranch." In 1902, the springs, creek and land were sold to the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, which discontinued ranching at the springs so the water could be used to serve Las Vegas.
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Date Added Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 11:53am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 662571 N 4004353
Decimal Degrees36.17031667, -115.19240000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 10.219', W 115° 11.544'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 10' 13.14" N, 115° 11' 32.64" W
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Area Code(s)702
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 265-299 S Valley View Blvd, Las Vegas NV 89107, US
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