Take a closer look at the rich history of the Las Vegas Fort.

One hundred and fifty years ago, a spring-fed creek flowed through this valley, creating an oasis in the desert. This is the legacy of the Las Vegas Fort.

For even more information see…

Fort Beginnings
John C. Fremont Story
Fort Baker during the American Civil War
Ownership by Octavius Decatur Gass
The US Army at Gass’s Rancho
Ownership by Helen J. Stewart
Pictures of Neighbors
Stewart Years Photographs
1908 Topographic Map


There have been two major excavations at the Las Vegas Fort. See the digs as they happened.



The bastion, the wall, the Pioneer Garden and the new bridge…all can be seen here.


Bean, George Washington. Missions To the Indians. An Enduring Legacy: v Twelve. Online edition.
Division of Museums & History. “A Traditional Northern Paiute house, circa 1900.” Online exhibit. Cyanotype on embossed Kodak card, 4 x 2 7/8 inches. Eth-685
Evans, K. J. “The First Lady of Las Vegas.” The First 100 Part I: The Early Years. Online. Donrey Media Group 1999.
Heart Throbs of the West: Volume 6. Monuments Erected by Daughters of Utah Pioneers. Online edition.
Hopkins, A. D. “Putting Las Vegas on The Map.” The First 100 Part I: The Early Years. Online. Donrey Media Group 1999.
Roske, Ralph J. & Green. Gass’ Station. The Historical Nevada Magazine. 1998.
University of Nevada Las Vegas Special Collections Library. Helen J. Stewart Collection, T-87. Box 4.