Discover Gr8 Museums: Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

Museums in Las Vegas? You bet! Las Vegas has a rich history and plenty of stories and artifacts to illuminate its past.  In 2014, 8 News NOW and our Community Pride partners: NV Energy, Findlay Automotive Group, Greenman, Goldberg, Raby Martinez Law Firm and the Greater Las Vegas Association of Realtors want to give you an opportunity to learn and explore several Las Vegas museums! We want you and your family to discover amazing and diverse Las Vegas museum offerings. Each museum will be highlighted for three weeks; go to our Community Pride Facebook page to learn more!

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August 20th – Sept. 10th: Highlighted Museum: Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort




About the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort:

The first permanent non-native settlers in the Las Vegas Valley were a group of Mormon missionaries who built an adobe fort along Las Vegas Creek in 1855. The fort was called Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort. They successfully farmed the area by diverting water from the creek. Today, the park includes a remnant of the original adobe fort, which contains interpretive displays. The Visitor Center contains exhibits on the history of the site, as well as historic artifacts. Historic interpretation is and will remain the focus of the park.
The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is located in downtown Las Vegas, at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Washington Avenue. The Park and Visitor Center are open from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, year round.


Getting the most out of your visit …

Take time to walk the paths and enjoy the feeling of a time in the not-too-distant past when, from this lonely outpost, the desert stretched away to the distant mountains. For many years, efforts have been underway to preserve this site, which has historical significance in southern Nevada. Under the Nevada Division of State Parks and other interested historical groups, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort has been restored to an historical appearance. One structure is original, while others have been reconstructed using the best archeological and historical information available.

FEE

An entrance fee is charged to enter the fort, $1 per person over 12 years old and children 12 and under are free. A group use area is available by reservation.
Or visit their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Old-Las-Vegas-Mormon-Fort-State-Historic-Park/176334152543


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