Some 1,150 people lived in Las Vegas on Aug. 15, 1846. It was a Saturday morning.
Only 11 years earlier the 36 original settlers had built their adobe houses around a central plaza.
They and others who joined them grazed their livestock on the lush meadows and planted their crops along the Rio Gallinas, and many families had already established their home sites and ranchitos away from the plaza.
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