“Las Vegas” is Spanish for “The Meadows.” The people who traveled the Old Spanish Trail named the area after the grassy area surrounding the natural springs that flowed here. The full name they used is “La Valle de Las Vegas,” or “The Valley of the Meadows.” The city that was founded here in 1905 used “Las Vegas” for its name, and the rest is history.
You’ll still see things like “The Meadows Mall” used around here. Ironically, that’s the only thing left of those old Spanish traders: the name Las Vegas. The Spaniards, unlike the Americans, never tried to live in Southern Nevada.