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Preserve Amtrak route

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By Optic Editorial Board

When the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Arrived in this area in 1879, East Las Vegas sprang to life. Immigrants from every walk of life started settling in Las Vegas, and a boom town was born.

The coming of the railroad quickly transformed Las Vegas from a rural community into a regional commercial center.

Successful merchants started building elaborate homes and commercial buildings that still exist today.

Our city’s economic fortunes began to decline when its position as a major shipping point ended in the early 1900s.


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