Trivia Tidbits You Haven’t Heard About Las Vegas

There are countless websites, books, videos, and blogs that highlight Las Vegas trivia. Some trivia points are fairly common and appear, at one time or another, on most trivia outlets, including this one. Long time Vegas lovers know these basic tidbits. In this article, we want to offer some Las Vegas facts that are not so common. See if you were aware of these.

  1. The first street to be paved in Las Vegas, downtown, was Fremont Street. In 1925, Fremont Street was paved from Main Street to 5th Street (Las Vegas Boulevard).
  2. In June 1916, the first automobile successfully made it to Las Vegas via Highway 91, the original road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
  3. In 1956, Shecky Greene, Freddy Martin and his orchestra were headliners at the New Frontier, the second hotel to be built on the Strip. The kicker is that the person who was labeled as “an extra added attraction” was none other than Elvis Presley. And, Elvis was fired after a week. The King bombed! As progressive as Vegas was, it wasn’t ready for Elvis and his style of music and gyrations.
  4. Nellis Air Force Base is named after a Searchlight native, William H. Nellis, who became a fighter pilot who was shot down three times. He was finally killed in the famous Battle of the Bulge. Thanks to efforts by local students, on May 20, 1950, the base was named after William Nellis.
  5. In the classic Vegas movie, Viva Las Vegas, Elvis’ character was drawn to Las Vegas due to a Grand Prix race. He was a race car driver. Of course, many men would have come just for Ann Margaret!
  6. Jimmy Kimmel, well known host of a late night television show, started his media career at Las Vegas’ KUNV-FM radio, part of UNLV.

How did you do? Did you know any of these trivia bits? If you want to read a few more of the more obscure trivia facts, check this site out.


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