Our Las Vegas live cam will bring you straight to Sin City! A desert outpost that became the “Entertainment Capital of the World” designed to free the soul from the strains of everyday life, synonymous with casinos, nightlife, overindulgence, wedding chapels and, of course, Elvis impersonators.
Las Vegas is Nevada’s largest city and one of the country’s most popular tourist hubs. Evidence of nomadic Paleo-Indian tribes tracing back 10,000 years was uncovered in the area where the city stands today, but the very first non-native American to happen here was Mexican scout Rafael Rivera. The latter adventured off the beaten Spanish trail used at the time to travel to Los Angeles, the land he found soon came to be known as Las Vegas, Spanish for “the Meadows” describing the wild grass and desert vegetation that grew rich! This arid, desolate and largely uninhabited land lying in the Mojave Desert would soon attract millions of people.
With a fascinating history marked by the construction of the Hoover Dam, the legalization of casino-style gambling in 1931, a high-tolerance for what prohibition America labeled “sinister” acts, quick six week divorces, an obvious and conspicuous involvement of high-profile mobsters, post-war prosperity boom, cold war atomic bomb testing, the city developed…resort after resort, neon sign after neon sign! Big Hollywood legends were now “usuals” to the Freemont Street and Vegas Strip scene.
This Las Vegas webcam points to the base of the 1,149-foot Stratosphere, the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States! Located north of the Vegas Strip, the Stratosphere defines the city skyline, it opened its doors on April 30th 1996 and is both a hotel and casino.
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Did you know that the Vegas Strip isn’t exactly in Las Vegas? The 4.2 mile boulevard between Sahara Avenue and Russell Road also known as the South Las Vegas Boulevard is really just outside city limits, in the unincorporated towns of Paradise and Winchester belonging to Clark county!
Also in 1960 Las Vegas was chosen as the set of the famous Ocean’s 11 film starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop! The group was referred to by the general public and press as the Rat Pack. These classy pals became cultural icons. With popularity skyrocketing between the late ‘50s and mid ‘60s, the gang schmoozed tireless audiences that literally flooded Vegas’ streets – at times sleeping in their cars just to take part of the Rat Pack experience - performing (and partying) night after night, after night. When one of the members was scheduled to make an appearance, it often occurred that other members of the Pack turned up for an impromptu performance. Funny enough, marquees would read: 'DEAN MARTIN - MAYBE FRANK - MAYBE SAMMY'. Hotels were booked at capacity and shows were always sold out. The Rat Pack was showbiz gold!