Sober in Vegas: Springs Preserve Part 3, Boomtown 1905

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.

A view along the path to Boomtown 1905

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.

Mainstreet USA right here in Vegas

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.

A recreation of the early train depot

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 Lincoln Hotel, which is still standing today although vacant, catered to railroad travelers at the time and has a lobby recreated for you to peruse.

A view of the Lincoln Hotel

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 famous Arizona Club from Block 16

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.

Enjoy vintage films outside at the Majestic

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.

A final view down mainstreet

In addition to the businesses of main street, Boomtown 1905 also focuses on housing for locals during this time.

The historical house that is open for exploring

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.

An interior view of the historical house

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.

The Stratosphere as viewed from the walking path back from Boomtown 1905

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.

Entering the Springs gardens’
One of many areas dedicated to sustainability in the desert

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.

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A close up of one of the many blooms here at The Springs

Thank you for reading and happy sobering friends!

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17 thoughts on “Sober in Vegas: Springs Preserve Part 3, Boomtown 1905

  1. This is a wonderful post! It’s exactly the kind of place we would like to visit. Maybe we should just plan on visiting Vegas for our anniversary every year if we can. 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing about these places. I really enjoy reading about them!

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  2. I missed your last post. But, I’m glad you’re doing better. We all get in those places. I’m currently in one now. Just restless. Don’t know why. Taking a trip across the country in your visual post helped me. Thank you.

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    1. thanks Mark…yes, not sure if it’s a time of year change or what, but I know we all go through those ups and downs. Thanks so much for reading and for your kind words–I am glad to be able to offer a little bit of ‘virtual’ fresh air 🙂

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  3. I also missed the last posting and I am happy you’re feeling up in higher spirits now😀. Love all the pics, Vegas is a rad place!

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  4. Echoing the words of earlier messages, I’m so happy to hear you’re in brighter spirits.
    Boomtown looks like a lovely afternoon out! I really like the old homestead.
    Have added this to the ‘to do’ list while the rest of the group are getting plastered in the bars.
    Love and sober hugs from New Zealand 🌏🦋💙🌴

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