by Eric Rodrick, Daniel Romero, and Nick Roque
The Las Vegas Valley has seen many forms of transportation over the years. For the earliest pedestrian natives and the first horses and wagons to arrive in the Las Vegas Valley, travel was difficult and dangerous– sometimes deadly! With the invention of steam locomotives and automobiles, travel through the harsh, Southern Nevada desert became much easier and safer.
Though the railway used to be an important lifeline for early Las Vegas, the days of passenger rail bringing tourists to and from the city are long past. Today most travelers arrive by jet plane or motor coach (tour bus) if they don’t drive their own car or motorcycle.
Travel to and through Vegas has actually been cheaper and quicker than it is today. Crowded freeways and constantly rising gas prices have made travel in Vegas slower and more expensive than it was a few decades ago.