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Las Vegas Arts & Cultural District
500 Railroad Avenue Las Vegas, NM 87701

Las Vegas celebrates a unique heritage with more than 900 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can experience adobe buildings created during territorial times, Victorian structures that arrived with the railroad, and California Mission Style architecture. Established in 1835, through a land grant given to Spanish settlers by the Mexican government, it became one of the largest towns on the Santa Fe Trail, quadrupuling in size from 1860-1880. With the arrival of the railroad in 1879, a new influx of culture reached the city, as European immigrants joined the community’s cultural mix with families of Native, Spanish, and Mexican heritage. Las Vegas’ unique setting, architectural sampling, and local ties to the film industry, offers many cultural amenities. The Las Vegas Arts Council promotes the cultural arts of Las Vegas, and runs the gallery space Gallery 140 which features invitational art exhibits and themed group exhibits, monthly meet-the-artist receptions and frequent music salons. Las Vegas is home to intimate popular music festival Meadow City Music Festival, and visitors can explore creative businesses, performance venues, and movie houses.