On this date in 1905 the city of Las Vegas was founded. The San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad auctioned off 110 acres in what is now downtown Las Vegas to start the city. Originally it was a popular stopping point on the railroad and was the staging point for the many mines that are in the areas. It was after World War II that Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel and Meyer Lansky started casinos that the city’s growth as an entertainment destination took off and it acquired its nickname, “Sin City”. Today, the area most tourists visit, The Strip, is not actually in Las Vegas but rather in the unincorporated towns of Paradise,Winchester, and Enterprise. So not everything that happened in Las Vegas stayed in Las Vegas.