San Miguel History & Culture
Nestled along the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Las Vegas and San Miguel County is an enchanting place to live and do business. San Miguel County is rich in history, architecture, cultural traditions, arts and natural beauty. In 1986 Las Vegas had over 900 buildings listed on the national, state, and local registers of historic places, and today boasts more preserved structures than any other city in New Mexico. In addition to architecture, Las Vegas is known for its unique city planning. The traditional Spanish-Mexican plaza in west Las Vegas, with side streets radiating like spokes in a wheel, follows natural features of the land such as arroyos, ditches and cow trails. In the sharp contrast, the founders of east Las Vegas implemented eastern city planning by establishing an orderly and rational grid plan. Little has changed in the past 100-plus years. Most area communities are trying to preserve the integrity of their towns and culture while carefully seeking ways to build a better future for their children.