Railroad Renaissance: Renovations breathe new life into historic Railroad Ave.

Railroad Renaissance: Renovations breathe new life into historic Railroad Ave.

From the Las Vegas Optic

The first locomotive arrived in Las Vegas 140 years ago this month. Regular passenger and freight service over the next 20 years helped Las Vegas grow into one of the largest cities in the Southwest. Eventual expansion of the railroad resulted in other Southwest towns becoming much larger than Vegas, but even today, the railroad remains an important part of Vegas’ heritage, inexorably linking the town to the lore of the Wild West.

The town’s first rail depot was built in 1881, but Railroad Avenue truly began to take shape in 1898 when the current rail depot was built, along with the Castañeda Hotel and the Rawlins Building.