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Old Mormon Fort Pioneer Day celebration Saturday

Posted at 5:46 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-23 22:01:00-04

People got a chance to celebrate a piece of Las Vegas’ history and heritage at the Old Mormon Fort’s Pioneer Day celebration on Saturday.  

The Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort is the oldest building in the Las Vegas valley and they hosted a celebration to mark the time when early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, led by Brigham Young, arrived in the west and began establishing communities throughout the territory, including Las Vegas and other parts of Nevada.  

This year’s Pioneer Day celebration featured free rides on the Jupiter Express Train, modeled to look like the Central Pacific Railroad's "Jupiter,” a 4-4-0 "American" class steam locomotive. The passenger wagons are designed to look like stagecoaches from the mid-1800s and will fit 12 adults or 24 children at a time. There was also be a pioneer wagon that children can explore at the event.