Bugsy Siegel Would Love To Visit This Place-You Can Now
Many people, like me, love Las Vegas history. What other place came to be because of the combination of actions by Indians, Mormons, explorers, movie stars, and the mob? Everyone knows that Bugsy Siegel, a famous mobster, had a great impact on early Vegas history.
The mob, controlled Las Vegas for decades, and residents seem to like it that way as compared to today’s Las Vegas corporate rule. If you love history, let me suggest something to do on your next trip. Visit the Mob Museum.
The Mob Museum on Stewart Avenue, two streets north of Fremont, opened on Valentine’s Day 2012. It is a wonderful and affordable attraction well worth the money. Tickets start at $19.95 online with reduced rates for Seniors, Nevada residents, and children.
You can spend an hour going through or all day. There are movies, displays, lots of written history, photos, snack bar, and a gift shop.
From the 1940s through the late 60s, early 70s, the Mob was in control in Las Vegas. It is interesting that many Vegas residents, and Vegas lovers, who were alive during the Mob days actually preferred it to the corporate control as it is today. In those days, people dressed up to go to a casino. It was very formal. People felt safe unless they were trying to cheat the Mob. Most of those folks are now living under the dessert sand.
The Mob made millions by skimming from many casinos including in the later years, the ones owned by Howard Hughes. One report says that they skimmed $50,000,000 from him. Hughes bought casino after casino before he left in 1970. His ownership led to the corporate takeovers and eventually drove the Mob away.
Even today Las Vegas capitalizes on the Mob connection. In addition to the Mob Museum there are often dinner shows where you can actually dine with members of the mob (actors, of course-we hope).