Old Mormon Fort rebuilt, park dedicated in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev.— Hundreds of people gathered at the old Las Vegas Mormon Fort here recently to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of this western city and to dedicate Nevada's newest historic park.

Many Nevada dignitaries — including local, state and federal government leaders — joined Church members and others during the dedication of "Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort Historic Park." Many of those attending the dedication have worked for years to raise the money necessary to reconstruct the adobe fort, built 145 years ago by early LDS settlers.

Rulon Earl, 89, former Las Vegas Nevada Stake president, said his family helped settle southern Nevada in the late 1800s. "The old fort has always been a symbol of our pioneer heritage," he said.

Following the dedication ceremony and the re-enactment of the raising of the American flag, the Las Vegas multi-stake public affairs council hosted an old fashioned barbecue and music festival for several hundred guests.

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