Las Vegas Plaza
National Register of Historic Places, SRCP #267
Statehood period of significance: 1846-1912
Associated themes: Railroad; Settlement; Commerce; Hispanic; Santa Fe Trail
Created in 1835 as part of a Mexican land grant, the Plaza of Las Vegas found itself at the juncture of international commerce and American conquest. But real change came with arrival of the railroad in 1879. From then on, the plaza evolved to look like an American Main Street town, moving the territory one step closer to statehood.