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The Devil's Wind

by Richard Rayner

The Devil's Wind by Richard Rayner
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    Feb 2005, 338 pages
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    Jan 2006, 352 pages

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The first person of European descent to discover the location that is now Las Vegas was a young Spanish scout named Rafael Rivera in the early 1700s. Spanish traders en route from Santa Fe to Pueblo de Los Angelos, traveling along the Spanish Trail, sought a route through the valley in the hope of cutting a few days off the journey, then known as the 'jornada de muerte' (journey of death).  When Rivera found a plentiful water supply, they renamed the valley 'Las Vegas' (The Meadows). Find out more at the Las Vegas City website.

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  • Los Angeles Without a Map (1989)
  • The Blue Suit (1995)

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