COLONIAL BEACH WAS ‘LAS VEGAS OF THE POTOMAC’
If you’ve lived in this area for a while, you’ve probably heard the nickname “FredVegas” at some point. Though it’s used tongue-in-cheek, there was a brief time when Colonial Beach was known as the “Las Vegas on the Potomac” and noted as such in the Saturday Evening Post.
It was the 1950s, and the source of Colonial Beach’s rise to glittery fame lay in the differences between venerable Virginia and miscreant Maryland.
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