Las Vegas was officially called the City of Las Vegas and often known as simply Vegas, was a city in the United States, the most populous city in the state of Nevada, the county seat of Clark County, and the city proper of the Las Vegas Valley. Las Vegas was an internationally renowned major resort city known primarily for gambling, shopping, fine dining and nightlife and is the leading financial and cultural centre for Southern Nevada.
The city billed itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, and is famous for its mega casino–hotels and associated entertainment. Once a growing retirement and family city, Las Vegas was the 29th-most populous city in the United States, with a population of 478,434 in the 2000 United States Census Estimates. The city was one of the top three leading destinations in the United States for conventions, business, and meetings.
Established in 1905, Las Vegas was incorporated as a city in 1911. At the close of the 20th century, Las Vegas was the most populous American city founded in that century (a similar distinction earned by Chicago in the 19th century). The city's tolerance for numerous forms of adult entertainment earned it the title of Sin City, and has made Las Vegas a popular setting for films, television programs, and music videos.
Las Vegas is generally used to describe not just the city itself, but areas beyond the city limits—especially the resort areas on and near the Las Vegas Strip—and the Las Vegas Valley. The 4.2 mi (6.8 km) stretch of South Las Vegas Boulevard known as the Las Vegas Strip is in the unincorporated communities of Paradise, Winchester, and Enterprise, located in Clark County.
The ruins of Las Vegas became the site of the arena where the 5 Barons of the Western islands came each year to decide who the leader would be. The contests were fought by Slaves, and prisoners. Dean Cawdor was eventually captured and forced into the games, until he was rescued by his father Ryan, and the Companions. (The Mars Arena)