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  • Merrill Dwayne (1923 - 1998)
    Obituary: Dwayne LymanMerrill Dwayne Lyman, 74, of Las Vegas died Friday in a local care center. He was born Nov. 14, 1923, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. A resident for five years, he was a retired seaman f...
  • George Nave Hoffman, Jr. (1920 - 1998)
    Las Vegas Sun Monday, April 6, 1998 George N. Hoffman, 77, of Las Vegas died Saturday in a local hospital. He was born July 2, 1920, in Salt Lake City. A resident for 37 years, he was a retired engine...
  • Maria Rita Hughes (1933 - 2010)
  • Earl Sheldon Bee (1917 - 1979)
  • Max Lynn Frederick (1947 - 2016)
    Max Lynn Frederick, age 68, passed away Monday, February 8, 2016 at his home in Moapa, NV. He was born December 18, 1947 in Richfield, UT to Lynn H. Frederick and Beverly Idell Utley. He married Sandra...

What is now Clark County was acquired by the United States during the Mexican–American War, becoming part of the northwestern corner of New Mexico Territory. In 1847, Jefferson Hunt and other Mormon Battalion members returning to Salt Lake City from Los Angeles pioneered a wagon route through the County that became the Mormon Road. In 1849, this road became known as the "Southern Route", the winter route of the California Trail from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles during the California Gold Rush. By the mid-1850s, the route now known as the Salt Lake Road in California, and the California Road in Utah Territory, was a wagon trade route between the two. In the mid-1850s, Mormons established a settlement at Las Vegas. In the 1860s, Mormon colonies were established along the Virgin and Muddy Rivers.

All of the county was part of Mohave County, Arizona Territory, when that Territory was formed in 1863, before Nevada became a state. In 1865, it became part of Pah-Ute County, Arizona Territory. The part of Pah-Ute County north and west of the Colorado River was assigned to the new State of Nevada in 1866; however, Arizona territory fought the division until 1871. Pah-Ute County became part of Lincoln County and the westernmost part became the southernmost part of Nye County.

Clark County was named for Sen. William A. Clark, a Montana copper magnate and Democratic U.S. Senator. Clark was largely responsible for construction of the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad through the area, contributing to the region's early development. Clark County is a major tourist destination, with 150,000 hotel rooms. The Las Vegas Strip, home to most of the hotel-casinos known to many around the world, is not within the City of Las Vegas limits, but in unincorporated Paradise. It is, however, in the Las Vegas Valley.

Clark County is geographically coextensive with the Las Vegas MSA, a metropolitan statistical area designated by the Office of Management and Budget and used by the United States Census Bureau and other agencies for statistical purposes. Over time and influenced by climate change, droughts in Southern Nevada have been increasing in frequency and severity, putting a further strain on Clark County's and Las Vegas's water security.