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Bellagio, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas (the Meadows or grassland) was a name given by the Spaniards who used water in the area while heading north and west along the Old Spanish Trail from Texas. In the 1800.s areas of Las Vegas Valley contained artesian wells that supported extensive green areas or meadows.John Freemont travelled into the valley in 1844 when it was still part of Mexico. He was a leader of a group of scientists, scouts and observers for the U S Army Corps.In 1855 following the annexation to the U S, Brigham Young sent 30 Mormon missionaries to convert the Paiuti Indian population. A fort was built near the current down town area, serving as a stopover for travellers between Salt Lake City and a colony at San Bernardino, California.Las Vegas established itself as a railroad town in 1905 when 110 acres were sold off. The Bellagio was inspired by the Lake Como resort in Italy.It has an 8-acre artificial lake between the building and the Strip and 2000 hand blown glass flowers cover 2000 square feet of the lobby ceiling. Bellagio was conceived by Steve Wynn and built by his company Mirage Resorts following the purchase and demolition of the Dunes hotel in 1993. The Bellagio currently has 10,0000 employees. When it opened it was the most expensive hotel ever built having cost over $1.6 billion. The Fountains were created by Wet Design and Super Shooter nozzles can send a water blast 250 feet in the air.

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