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Celebrate the Start of Las Vegas at the Old Mormon Fort
Celebrate the Start of Las Vegas at the Old Mormon Fort

Catch a glimpse of the way Las Vegas once was at the Old Mormon Fort.

The fort is celebrating its 156th anniversary on Saturday with a pancake breakfast, historical re-enactments and a program honoring the first settlers to our valley. The fort opens at 8 a.m. and the program starts at 9:30 a.m. There is a small cost for the breakfast $5 per person and $10 for a family. The fort is next to Cashman Center at Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue.

The Old Mormon Fort is the first non-native, permanent settlement in the Las Vegas Valley. It was established by Mormon missionaries in 1855. This weekend's festivities will include people in period costumes portraying some of the men and women who built the fort, corral, gardens, workshop, fields and orchard.

Starting around 1848 as many as 20,000 emigrants made there way to California along what was known as the Mormon Road which included a stop in Las Vegas. The Old Mormon Fort is part of the Cultural Corridor being developed downtown.