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Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort

500 E. Washington Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 486-3511 | Official Website

Hours: Tues-Sat, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Price: $3
Type: Attractions


The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is the a reconstruction of the 150-foot-square "fort" the Latter-day Saints built on Las Vegas Creek in 1855, thus becoming the first non-Native settlers in what would soon become Las Vegas. The people abandoned the fort a couple years later, and the fort succumbed over the years to subsequent settlers and the elements. But a remnant, a storage shed, remained. 

 

2005 was the sesquicentennial (150th anniversary) of the Old Mormon Fort. In honor of its longevity, the state of Nevada spent $1.9 million building a 4,000-square-foot visitor center, capping a 15-year $4.5 million restoration-and-preservation project for the new state park.

 

The visitor center has a timeline, artifacts, and exhibits on the original natural landscape, the Paiute Indians, the Mormons, the railroad, Hoover Dam, and the boomtown. A 9-minute video provides an overview of the early settlers. Outside are other reconstructions, artifacts, and a garden. 

 

The Fort is located at 500 E. Washington Ave. in the northwest corner of the Cashman Field parking lot, about a mile north of downtown on Las Vegas Blvd. North.

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  • westie May-14-2017
    Underwhelmed
    We drove to this state park situated in the shadows of Cashman Field primarily to see a current art exhibit: Paiute: A Journey Through Traditional and Contemporary Art.  On entering and paying a nominal fee, we walked around the museum/gift shop, but found little in the way of art on display and it was impossible to tell what was part of the permanent collection and what, if any, was part of the exhibit.  
    
    Also scheduled the day of our visit was a portrayal of soldiers from different historical eras in the fort’s courtyard that drew little to no interest from either us or anyone else. None of the participants were particularly outgoing, preferring to stand around in period costumes and talk to each other.  Lastly, we walked around the old fort and took a few photos.  History buffs will likely disagree, but I did not find enough to warrant our visit.  

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