Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains is a small town with a unique culture and beautiful landscapes.
In 1835, Las Vegas was officially founded as Señora de Los Dolores de Las Vegas, or Our Lady of Sorrows of the Meadows. This thriving farming town celebrated an annual fiesta honoring saints James and Ann for providing the water needed to feed the community. This celebration became known as the Fourth of July Fiestas in 1888.
Upon becoming part of the United States, Las Vegas also became the largest community in the Southwest and housed some of the most wanted rebels. Later, the Santa Fe Railroad ran tracks through the town, attracting various cultures and making Las Vegas the central location for ice distribution along the Gallinas River in the Montezuma Pond.
Las Vegas was the historic home of many economic and cultural endeavors such as filmmaking, theater performance, ice distribution, railroad travels, Harvey houses, gold & silver mining, cowboy parades and so much more. It is the only town with over 900 historic buildings on the Historic Registry and is also home to the only United World College in the country.