Las Vegas has inspired plenty of myths, legends and lore. Here, though, are a few surprising and actual facts.
When Paul Anka first played Vegas he was too young to be allowed in the casino.
Bugsy Siegel named his casino the Flamingo after the long legs of his showgirl girlfriend.
In Nevada it is mandatory that video slot machines pay a minimum of 75 percent on average.
Vegas Vic, the enormous neon cowboy that towers over Fremont Street, is the world's largest mechanical neon sign.
Howard Hughes stayed at the Desert Inn for so long that he was asked to leave. He bought the hotel.
Camels were used as pack animals in Nevada as late as 1870.
Over 39 million people visit Las Vegas each year.
Seventeen of the 20 biggest hotels in the U.S. are in Las Vegas.