Everyone likes a good ghost story; and the wild myths, legends, and tales of the supernatural that have grown up around the city that rose from the desert are some of the most bizarre and spine-tingling to speculate about. This is most probably due to its gangster-born origins and well-earned reputation for “anything goes.” However, the city has had its fair share of myths. Here are a few that simply need to be debunked.
(1) Little Green Men
Aliens supposedly crash landed in the Nevada desert in the early 1940s, and Area 51, a not-so-secret “top secret” Air Force base just northwest of Vegas, is reportedly being used as a storage facility for the alien spacecraft they found in Roswell, New Mexico. There is also bizarre speculation that the government is secretly rendezvousing with a whole species of extraterrestrials without the rest of the world knowing about it.
Photo by Steve Jurvetson
(2) Ladies of the Evening are Legal in Vegas
Despite all sorts of rumors and misconceptions, prostitution is not legal in Vegas. It is, however, legal about 45 minutes away in Pahrump, Nevada.
(3) Roy Horn of Siegfried & Roy Died of His Injuries Inflicted by His Show Tiger
There have been a few overzealous reporters who have sworn they have evidence that Roy Horn, of the Las Vegas Siegfried & Roy magic team, died several years ago from the wounds he suffered at the paws of his beloved tiger Montecore and was then replaced by a cousin posing as the magician himself.
(4) Bodies Buried in the Hoover Dam
Bodies being buried in Vegas are old news to most locals and not entirely unfounded due to the city’s historical ties to mobster activity. Yet the story of the seven workers permanently buried in the Hoover Dam’s concrete during its construction from 1931 to 1936 has been proven to be completely unfounded. While public officials continue to this day to assure residents that no one was permanently buried in the concrete, there are still those who insist the workers are still under the dam and haunting all those who visit it.
photo by David Herrera
(5) What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas
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