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Mob Museum’s $300,000 grant largest in county

Museum orginally asked for $900,000; $200,000 went to the Neon Museum


Steve Marcus

A poster in a pedestrian walkway at Las Vegas City Hall chronicles the history of the old post office and federal courthouse building, left, the proposed site of the Las Vegas Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, commonly called the “mob museum.”

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CARSON CITY – The so-called Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas is going to receive a $300,000 grant toward restoration from the state Commission on Cultural Affairs.

The museum in the old Las Vegas Post Office received the largest grant from the commission, which approved money for 28 projects.

Ron James, administrator of the Historic Preservation Office, said three other Clark County projects received money from the commission during its meeting in Carson City.

The Mob Museum originally asked for $900,000 but then pared back the request to $500,000. James said it should open in 2010 or early 2011.

The next largest grant of $200,000 went to the Neon Museum, nicknamed the Neon Bone Yard, in Clark County. The museum stores historic neon signs and has been used by Hollywood in dozens of movies.

North Las Vegas received $120,000 to help restore the Kiel Ranch Adobe that dates back to the 1850s.

The commission allocated $108,000 to the Las Vegas Water District to buy four railroad cottages that were built near the turn of the century. They will be moved to the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.

And the “Million Dollar Courthouse” in Pioche will receive $125,000 to restore its roof. The courthouse, built in 1873, was the legal center for all of Southern Nevada until the creation of Clark County in 1909.

These historic sites and buildings asked for $6 million but the commission had only $3 million in bonds to finance the projects aimed at preserving historic buildings and archeological sites.

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