Thank you all for your kind thoughts after the last post about feeling a bit down.
It’s comforting to know that we all have days like this–and like so many of you said, these feelings will pass and do not define us.
A few days out from these dark feelings things are starting to steady out.
It’s amazing what yoga, talks with friends, writing, hiking, deep breathing, and eating nourishing foods can do for a person over a few short days.
All of these are small steps, but together, add up to such a large shift in feeling.
Onto the final post about The Springs Preserve.
Thank you all for following along and sticking it out, I know this was a long series but as you can see, there is so much here!
One of the most recent additions is Boomtown 1905, which is a recreation of a historical streetscape like Las Vegas would have had during this time.
To get from the entrance area of The Springs Preserve to Boomtown 1905 you can either walk or ride the train. The train was under $5 per person, but if it’s not too hot out and you are able, I recommend the walk. It meanders along some of the multi-use trails at The Springs, and has an incredible view of the city.
All in all it took us about 15 minutes to walk to Boomtown. One note–the walk was almost completely unshaded, so during the summer months please beware.
If I was going to walk here during afternoon hours between May-September I’d be sure to have a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, plenty of water, and maybe even a light weight scarf to cover my neck/shoulders with as it full sun the whole walk.
This area focuses on the Las Vegas that folks would have experienced between 1905 and 1920.
During this time Las Vegas was a typical railroad city and it served as a halfway point between Salt Lake City, Utah and Los Angeles, California.
In addition to the recreation of the railroad station (where you can test out your Morse Code skills…!) they have recreated some of early Las Vegas’ important businesses.
The Arizona Club, which served many of the darker needs of Las Vegas travelers in the early part of the 20th Century.
Here at the Springs Preserve instead of ‘adult’ options it has a small store inside and offers a chance to purchase gifts and snacks during your visit to Boomtown.
The Majestic Theatre, which was one of the early cinemas in Las Vegas. In addition to the indoor screen the theatre had back in the day, they also had outdoor movie showings during the summer time for locals to enjoy.
It was relatively quiet when we visited Boomtown 1905, although we did happen to be there during work hours on a weekday.
I’m sure during the weekend they have more foot traffic and I’d be excited to see the ‘main street’ teeming with visitors.
The whole place had a bit of a disney vibe in that it was very clean and the sound of ragtime music was piped throughout the town.
In addition to the businesses of main street, Boomtown 1905 also focuses on housing for locals during this time.
One of the houses is open to the public and it features an outdoor garden area and inside focuses on furniture, appliances, and design of this time period.
Walking back to the main entrance of The Springs again is about 15 minutes (remember to stay hydrated and cover up from the sun!) and along the way you can enjoy an incredible view of downtown Las Vegas.
Another feature you can enjoy on the way back to the entrance area are their gardens and galleries focused on sustainability.
The walking paths here are more shaded than other areas of The Springs Preserve, but again, during summer months I would still be prepared to sweat as most of this area has outdoor features.
There is still so much more I’d love to feature from The Springs Preserve–but I’ll leave it up to you to discover the next time you are in Las Vegas and looking to explore off the beaten path.