|Eastern Mojave Vegetation||Mesquite, Clark County, Nevada.|
Mesquite’s first name was Mesquite Flat, settled by early Mormon pioneers. The community was finally established on the third attempt after having been flooded out from the waters of the Virgin River. The name was later shortened to Mesquite and the city was incorporated in May 1984.
Mesquite, like nearby Bunkerville, had its origins in farming. The Peppermill casino, which opened in the 1970s, drove Mesquite’s diversified economy. In the mid-1990s, other casino resorts opened. Mesquite was marketed as a getaway from Las Vegas and a more laid-back gambling option for out-of-state visitors. Its population continues to grow steadily as it is impacted by the booms from nearby Las Vegas and St. George, Utah, which is another 40 miles northeast on Interstate 15.
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Date and time this article was prepared:1:11:55 PM, 6/22/2018.