1909
THIS YEAR IN LAS VEGAS ...

WHILE IN THE WORLD ...

The foundation of ''Clark County''.
Clark County (named for Senator Clark) is founded on July 1st. It has been assigned the southern part of the original Lincoln County territory. Las Vegas becomes the seat of the new county.

The railroad machine shop.
In order to offer a more efficient repair service for the San Pedro, Los Angeles and Salt Lake Railroad, a railroad machine shop is built to the northwest of Clark's Las Vegas Townsite.
Click here to see the large picture The railroad machine shop in Las Vegas.
Courtesy of UNLV Special Collections

The ''cottages''
After the decision to locate in Las Vegas the repair shops, the railroad company decides increase the number of workmen and then plans to build 120 cottages for them, along 2nd, 3rd and 4th streets.
Click here to see the large picture A blueprint showing the project of cottages for employees of the railroad company.
Courtesy of UNLV Special Collections

The invention of plastics.
Leo Baekeland, a chemist born in Belgium and living in the States, presents the first synthetic polymer, that he has called Bakelite (the first kind of plastics). By this material it is possibile to create objects of any shape, at a very low price.

The conquest of the North Pole.
After a 36-day journey on the Arctic ices, on April 6 Robert E. Peary reaches the North Pole, leading an expedition composed by 4 Eskimos, an assistant and himself.

The birth of Genetics.
The Danish botanist Wilhelm Johannsen introduces the term ''gene'', to indicate the elemental unit of inheritance. At nearly the same time the embryologist Thomas Hunt Morgan proves the theory of chromosomes

Flying over the British Channel.
Louis Blériot pilots for the first time an airplane overseas, from Calais to Dover. The flight lasted 37 minutes, at a speed of 40 mph.
This enterprise, sponsored by the newspaper ''Daily Mail'', yields him 1,000 pounds, plus something unvaluable: the fame of being the first one.

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