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January 30, 2015

History Archive


Overheating refrigerator causes $80K in damage to town home
Sunday, June 24, 2012
A town home fire that began in a refrigerator Saturday night displaced a family of four and caused $80,000 damage, officials said.
Playing with matches blamed for damage to condo
Sunday, June 24, 2012
A child playing with a lighter started a fire Saturday evening at a Desert Shores Villas condo, causing $25,000 damage, fire officials said.
Laura Cisco is overwhelmed by friends and family during her 102nd birthday party at her home, Stewart Pines Senior Apartments in Las Vegas on Friday, June 29, 2012.
Role model at age 102: Great-grandmother still going strong
Sunday, July 1, 2012
The red, white and blue balloons tethered to the backs of chairs and table legs made the lounge on the first floor of Stewart Pines Senior Apartments look decked out for an Independence Day party.
A look at the proposed Tule Springs National Monument area located in the northern part of the Las Vegas Valley.
Agreement could keep new utility lines out of Tule Springs fossil fields
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
A settlement announced Tuesday might prevent new power lines and pipelines from going through a fossil-rich, 23,000-acre parcel in the north valley proposed as a national monument.
A piece of a B-25 Mitchell bomber lies on a table with printouts of New York Times newspapers from 1945 at Irv Atkins' home in Henderson on Wednesday, July 18, 2012. The artifact, from a B-25 bomber crash into the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945, was featured in a PBS TV show called "History Detectives."
PBS’ ‘History Detectives’ take on case of Henderson resident’s WWII-era artifact
History: Son hoping keepsake is piece of bomber that crashed into Empire State Building in 1945
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
When Louis Atkins arrived to work on Monday morning, July 30, 1945, he found a small hunk of metal sitting in his midtown Manhattan office in New York City. The mangled piece of metal was severely burned and sported rows of rivets. Atkins surmised the object was part of the B-25 bomber that two days earlier had crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, which sat across the street from his office. The crash killed 14 people. Atkins took the piece home to show his family, and over the next 60 years, the artifact and its origins ...
A fireman stands beside a twisted girder as he examines the gaping holes in the north side of the Empire State Building, on the 79th floor, evidence of the terrific impact with which a B-25 Army bomber crashed into the structure in New York, July 28, 1945.
Henderson resident's artifact verified as authentic piece of New York history
History: PBS 'History Detectives' verify metal plate was from bomber that hit Empire State Building in 1945
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
For more than 60 years, a small, melted hunk of metal lined with rivets has been an object of fascination and the subject of countless school show-and-tell projects for Henderson resident Irv Atkins and his family. The artifact was discovered by Atkins’ father, Louis, in his 10th-story office in midtown Manhattan on July 30, 1945, two days after a B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building, which towered across the street from Louis Atkins’ office.
Jubilee! hopefuls with numbers pinned to their outfits line up with current showgirls of the Jubilee! cast during the final part of auditions for the show Jubilee! at Bally's Las Vegas on Monday, July 23, 2012.
Photos: A peek inside ‘Jubilee!’ auditions of G-strings, high kicks and ‘showgirl walks’
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Beneath the stark house lights of Bally’s Jubilee Theater, 11 women stand chest out and chin up, beads of sweat rolling down their heavily-made-up faces. ...
Twins Velma McKenney, left, and Thelma Woods celebrate their 90th birthday with family and friends Saturday, July 28, 2012.
Now 90, twin sisters back together under one roof, loving and living life
Living Las Vegas:
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
It was a simple question: Who is the prettier twin? “Me,” Thelma Woods said without a skipping a beat. “Oh shoot!” said her twin sister, Velma McKenney. “Why you think that? And we look alike.” Las Vegas residents Woods and McKenney, who both turned 90 on Saturday, share more than their appearance. The twins grew up during the Great Depression, followed the civil rights movement closely and lived to see the nation’s first black president. They grew up in New Orleans during a time when the banks closed and finances were tight. But there would always be enough food on ...
Tuskegee Airmen Charles E. McGee, left, and Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. participate in a panel discussion during the International Black Aerospace Council convention at the Las Vegas Hotel Wednesday, August 1, 2012. McGee holds an Air Force record of 409 fighter combat missions flown in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Panel featuring Tuskegee Airmen brings historical touch to aerospace convention
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Capt. Roscoe Brown spent two years flying with the famed Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, logging more than 200 missions with his squadron. But, Brown says, people only ever ask about one. “Everybody always wants to know how I shot down the jet,” the 90-year-old Brown said Wednesday in Las Vegas. Brown, then 23 years old, was flying a long-range mission in 1945 as an escort for bombers on their way to attack Berlin when he saw a fleet of jets on his 11 o’clock.
Former Clark County Sheriff Ralph Lamb poses at his home in Las Vegas Thursday, August 2, 2012. Actor Dennis Quaid portrays Lamb in "Vegas," a new CBS television series that will premier in September. Lamb was sheriff from 1961 to 1979.
Former Sheriff Ralph Lamb's old-school manner inspires TV character
Saturday, August 4, 2012
The first thing you notice about former Sheriff Ralph Lamb is that voice — the low, gravelly growl of a former five-pack-a-day Marlboro man. Even at age 85, Lamb still uses the plain-spoken utterances of an old-school lawman. He was known as the Cowboy Sheriff and once was considered the most powerful man in Nevada.
Nathaniel Burkett, 62, is led into the Clark County Detention Center after his arrest on two counts of murder and sexual assault.
Long trail, sometimes cold, led to arrest in slayings from 1978, 1994
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
It was early Saturday, April 22, 1978, when a witness led Metro Police to the corner of an apartment building just north of downtown. There they encountered a gruesome sight. Officers found a dead woman lying nude between a parking stall and a wall at 211 W. Wilson Ave. Livid marks and scratches on the victim’s neck suggested that the woman, 22-year-old Barbara Ann Cox, had been strangled to death. Abrasions covered her back, and a cut was spotted over her right eye.
This image released by CBS shows Dennis Quaid as Ralph Lamb, left, and Michael Chiklis as Vincent Savino in the pilot episode of "Vegas,"  premiering Tuesday, Sept. 25 at 10 p.m. EST on CBS.
Television isn't required for watching CBS' 'Vegas'
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
The new CBS TV show “Vegas” hit it big with almost 15 million viewers in its first week, and then another 2.35 million viewers who recorded and watched the show within three days of the original broadcast.
Nathan Burkett, accused in the decades-old deaths of two Las Vegas women, appears in court at the Regional Justice Center, Friday Oct. 5, 2012.
Court hearing in decades-old Las Vegas slayings delayed until December
Friday, October 5, 2012
A preliminary hearing Friday morning for Nathaniel Burkett, 62, the man accused of killing two Las Vegas women decades ago, was continued until Dec. 7 in Las Vegas Justice Court.
John Feathers holds a Los Angeles Times story printed in the Las Vegas Sun about his son, John E. Feathers, and his map collection.
'He lived and breathed maps': Parents grateful son will be memorialized via collection
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
John Feathers and his wife were sipping coffee as they watched the 6 a.m. news last week in their Las Vegas home when they received an early-morning jolt.
The New Frontier Atrium Tower starts to fall as it is imploded Nov. 13, 2007.
Video: New Frontier imploded five years ago today
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Five years ago this morning, the New Frontier reached the end of the line when it was imploded at 2:37 a.m.
This faro table, an old-time card game, was known as the "suicide table" since three of those who owned the table committed suicide after incurring heavy gambling debt. The table is on display at the Las Vegas Historic Museum at the Tropicana. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Historic Museum
Once king of the gambling halls, faro now a ghost
Monday, November 19, 2012
When Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday holstered their six-guns and sat down at a frontier saloon to gamble, they wouldn’t play poker. The hot game of the Old West was called faro, or farobank. Earp dealt a game at the Oriental saloon in Tombstone, Ariz. Down the street, Doc Holliday picked up extra money as a dealer in the Bird Cage saloon. Gamblers loved it. The hands played fast. A lot of people could play at once, like modern-day craps and roulette
Don Feldman, 1980 MGM fire survivor, sits in the living room of his home, Friday, Nov. 16, 2012. Feldman was a baker for the MGM Grand at the time of the 1980 fire.
Survivors, witnesses describe chaos of MGM Grand fire
1980 MGM Fire:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Some 5,000 people were in the MGM Grand when it caught fire Nov. 21, 1980. Eighty-five people died and about 700 were injured. Here are the recollections of some of those who either survived the fire or were there.
People look out their broken hotel room windows while they wait for help during the MGM Grand Nov. 21, 1980, fire.
'They were absolutely heroes': The MGM Grand fire and the men who fought it
32 years later, firefighters relive the nation’s second-deadliest hotel fire
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Two distant, black columns of smoke caught John Pappageorge’s eye as he drove to work on a crisp, 38-degree morning in November 1980. Pappageorge, then a deputy chief with the Clark County Fire Department, wondered if the smoke might be a pile of tires on fire. Or was it a building?
MGM Grand, Hilton fires led to improved safety codes
MGM Grand, Hilton fires led to improved safety codes
1980 MGM Fire:
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
After 85 people died as a result of the MGM Grand fire in November 1980 and eight perished in an arson less than three months later at the Las Vegas Hilton, Nevada lawmakers revamped high-rise safety codes.
G. Robert Blakey speaks about the President John F. Kennedy assassination in a video being played at the Mob Museum in downtown Las Vegas Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012.
On anniversary of JFK assassination, investigator looks back
Q&A with Robert Blakey, former chief counsel of House Select Committee on Assassinations
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Forty-nine years ago today, on Nov. 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas’ Dealey Plaza. The assassination and subsequent slaying of shooter Lee Harvey Oswald shocked the country.
In this Dec. 7, 1941, file photo, a small boat rescues a crew member from the water as heavy smoke rolls out of the stricken USS West Virginia after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Two men can be seen on the superstructure, upper center. The mast of the USS Tennessee is beyond the burning West Virginia. Wednesday marks the 70th anniversary of the attack that brought the United States into World War II.
U.S. remembers a ‘date which will live in infamy’
Friday, December 7, 2012
In just over seven minutes, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave voice to a nation’s outrage, branding Dec. 7 as a “date which will live in infamy” for Japan’s attack on the Pearl Harbor Naval Base. Within an hour, Congress had voted a declaration of war.
Jack Brown on One Step, Rocky Ford, Colorado, 1921.
NFR has roots in informal gathering of cowboys in Colorado
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Rodeo has come a long way since a group of cowboys from neighboring ranches in Deer Trail, Colo., got together to settle an argument over whose wrangling skills were the best. How did rodeo get to be so big in Las Vegas? Here’s a look at some key events that have helped bring attention to Las Vegas every December.
Pop quiz: How well do you know the classic neon signs of Vegas?
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
It’s time for a Las Vegas history test, presented one letter at a time. We picture letters from seven signs on display at the Neon Museum, 770 Las Vegas Blvd. North. The museum is home to more than 150 signs from Las Vegas casinos and other businesses, including hotels, restaurants and wedding chapels. Scroll through these photos to see if you can tell which casinos or hotels these letters came from.


President Richard Nixon responds to a question following the formal press conference at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif., Aug. 29, 1972.
Nixon at 100: 'He knew how to get things done'
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Richard Nixon would have turned 100 today, and his old friends will gather at a hotel near the White House to toast the memory of the 37th president. What is not said also will say much about his evolving legacy, because no protesters or seething Nixon-haters are expected outside the doors.
Holocaust survivor Sasha Semenoff lights a candle during the Yom HaShoah community memorial service commemorating the victims of the Holocaust at Congregation Ner Tamid Wednesday, April 30, 2003. Candles were lit in memory of the six million Jews and five million non-Jews who died in the Holocaust.
For Sasha Semenoff, Holocaust survivor and longtime Vegas performer, 'music was his life'
Friday, January 11, 2013
Longtime Las Vegas violinist Sasha Semenoff most times played for his livelihood. But there was one bleak period when, at the brutal hands of the Nazis, he played for his very life. In a 2009 interview, Semenoff told the Sun that while he was being transported to a concentration camp a German soldier saw him holding a mandolin and told him to play “La Paloma.”
Mobster Tony Spilotro, left, and his attorney, Oscar Goodman, walk side by side after a session of the Spilotro trial in 1986. Goodman is writing his memoirs, including his days representing alleged mobsters and three terms as mayor of Las Vegas.
In sneak peek of memoir, Oscar Goodman details how he came to defend mobsters
Living Las Vegas:
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman’s memoir about his life as a mob lawyer and his three terms as “happiest mayor in the universe” hits bookstores June 4.
Students in KKK costumes spark controversy at Las Vegas Academy
Thursday, January 24, 2013
A class presentation involving students dressed in Ku Klux Klan costumes has one local high school embroiled in controversy.
A view of Atomic Liquors, the oldest standing bar in Las Vegas, on Fremont Street, June 27, 2012.
Joe Downtown: Discovery of floor safe excites new owners of Atomic Liquors
Friday, January 25, 2013
Under layers of old flooring, Kent and Lance Johns, manager/owners of the old Atomic Liquors, 917 Fremont St., made an astounding discovery recently. A safe.
Dan Stafford participates in the putting contest during a Paradise Palms cocktail party at Las Vegas National Golf Club on Friday, January 18, 2013.
Renewed sense of community rekindles spirit of Rat Pack days in Las Vegas neighborhood
Friday, February 8, 2013
It is fitting that residents in today’s Paradise Palms neighborhood party once a month in a hallowed hall of Las Vegas’ yesteryear. In a city that would rather demolish and rebuild than preserve and restore, these residents are fighting to hold on to what makes their neighborhood special.
A view of Atomic Liquors, the oldest standing bar in Las Vegas, on Fremont Street, June 27, 2012.
Joe Downtown: Decades-old safe discovered in Atomic Liquors yields only old receipts
Monday, February 18, 2013
New owners of Atomic Liquors on Fremont Street, one of the oldest free-standing taverns in Las Vegas, finally opened a floor safe discovered months ago during remodeling.
Archivist Dee Dee Antle adjusts one of Elvis Presley's famous jumpsuits during the opening of Graceland's newest exhibition in Memphis, Tenn., March 4, 2013. “Elvis: Live from Vegas”  features footage from some of "The King's" more memorable performances in Las Vegas and artifacts including Elvis' famous American Eagle jumpsuit.
New exhibit at Graceland showcases Elvis' connection to Las Vegas
Monday, March 4, 2013
A new exhibit opening at Graceland showcases Elvis Presley's strong connection to Las Vegas, where he performed and vacationed.
Nevada officials mark Holocaust Memorial Day
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Henry Kronberg says he had nightmares for years of the time he spent in Nazi prisons and concentration camps during World War II and it must be prevented from ever happening again.
An entry sponsored by the R.O.S.E. Foundation makes its way down 4th Street Saturday during the annual Helldorado Parade.
Joe Downtown: Helldorado Days heralds Vegas' Wild West past
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Computer chips easily outnumber cowboys in Downtown Las Vegas, especially as startup founders and coders find sanctuary around East Fremont Street, soon to be the backyard of dot-com retailer Zappos. But Zappos aside, Las Vegas’ persona remains firmly grounded in the Wild West myth, and downtown’s Helldorado Days, a multiday celebration of the the West’s rugged reputation, fits right in.
UNLV President Neal Smastrek speaks during UNLV's commencement Saturday, May 12, 2012.
Scarlet and Gray to observe golden anniversary commencement Sunday
Saturday, May 18, 2013
UNLV is celebrating its 50th commencement, a milestone that represents incredible growth for the university. UNLV began as an extension campus of UNR in 1951 with 12 full-time students and 16 part-time students who met in the dressing rooms of Las Vegas High School's auditorium.
Derek Stonebarger, from left, Lance Johns and Kent Johns, pictured April 29, 2013, closed their purchase of The Atomic in downtown Las Vegas in June of 2013. County records show it was sold to Tony Hsieh’s Downtown Project on July 17, 2014.
Raising a glass to an Atomic history
living las vegas:
Saturday, May 18, 2013
On a nearly deserted downtown Las Vegas block, a small brick building fronted by a curvy neon sign heralds a bygone era here: That’s when the big bombs went boom and awestruck Las Vegas residents watched the mushroom clouds billow into the bright desert sky. At Joe and Stella Sobchik’s liquor store and bar on Fremont Street, downtown denizens walked up to the roof, cocktails in hand, for a better view of the sky show.
Owner Greg Smith poses inside the Little Church of the West in Las Vegas on Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
Little Church of the West marks 70 years of walking down the aisle
the strip:
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
When Dudley Moore knocked on Greg Smith's office door a few years ago, it was business as usual for the wedding chapel owner. Moore, an Oscar-nominated actor, was getting married the next day and wanted to see the Little Church of the West before he walked down its aisle. “He was scheduled to be married with us and I had no idea. We chatted a bit and he came in and played the organ,” Smith said. Little Church of the West will celebrate its 70th anniversary on Wednesday, and Smith said it still would be business as usual for the ...
The Huntridge marquee is shown Wednesday, May 15, 2013.
Joe Downtown: Group seeking public donations to keep Huntridge renovation plans alive
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
The fate of historic Huntridge Theater will become clear in just a few short weeks. And depending on support from locals, the 69-year-old theater will either be on its way toward resurrection or the wrecking ball.
Mohave County high school has spirit(s)
History: Students, staff have reported seeing ghosts, hearing strange noises at Kingman school built over old cemetery
Thursday, June 6, 2013
Principal Steve Elwood enters the narrow passageway where nobody else at Lee Williams High School dares to go.“This place gives people the creeps,” Elwood says. Talk about school spirit. Some believe the campus is haunted by restless phantoms from a previous century, when Kingman was a frontier town and Arizona still a territory.
Cast members of the "Criminal Minds" television series, A.J.Cook, center left, and Thomas Gibson, tape a scene Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2007, while on location in Long Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Joe Downtown: TV star buoys effort to raise funds to save historic Huntridge
Thursday, June 6, 2013
“Criminal Minds” star and Las Vegas native Matthew Gubler is lending a hand toward efforts to buy, renovate and reopen the historic Huntridge Theater in Downtown Las Vegas.
A view of the Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, in downtown Las Vegas Wednesday, Feb.13, 2013. The museum celebrates it's first anniversary on Valentine's Day.
Work put into Mob Museum's building honored for protecting history
Thursday, June 6, 2013
The Mob Museum has been recognized as one of the top public works projects of the year by a national organization, the city announced Thursday.
Archie Murchie's (1908-1999) action-packed career in the U.S. Forest Service began in 1929, when rangers routinely spent much of their time in the saddle, and ended in 1965 as they were becoming increasingly desk bound.
UNR partnership puts Nevada history at your fingertips
Monday, June 10, 2013
From World War II recollections of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who were on the front lines of the action, to the early days of Nevada’s gaming industry, to civil rights, ranching life, immigration and the words of state government leaders, the Oral History program has spent nearly 50 years documenting the voices of hundreds of Nevadans. Now the interviews are available online.
Cambra Blau helps her son Raith Blau make a candle during the 12th annual Pioneer Day festival at Fox Ridge Park Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Southern Nevada's early pioneer days celebrated
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Children received a history lesson Saturday afternoon during the 12th annual Pioneer Day parade and festival at Fox Ridge Park.
The body of officer Trenton Nettleton is carried out of St. Elizabeth Anne Seton Church after funeral services, November 25, 2009.
A look at Metro officers who died in the line of duty
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
The death of a Metro Police officer in the line of duty is relatively rare. And with the death of Metro Police Search and Rescue Officer David Vanbuskirk on Monday, the department suffered its 12th death in the past 50 years, and the first since 2009.
This May 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Geological Survey shows ancient carvings on limestone boulders in northern Nevada's high desert near Pyramid Lake. The carvings have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America — at least 10,500 years old.
Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Northern Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.
The ancient carvings on these limestone boulders in northern Nevada's high desert near Pyramid Lake about 35 miles northeast of Reno have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, at least 10,500 years old.
Nevada petroglyphs the oldest in North America
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Ancient rock etchings along a dried-up lake bed in Nevada have been confirmed to be the oldest recorded petroglyphs in North America, dating back at least 10,000 years.
Friends greet each other at the recently remodeled Italian American Social Club Saturday, March 23, 2013.
At the Vegas social club where the 'made' men mingled
Sunday, August 18, 2013
It was a Thursday night, and the place was packed: Italian American Social Club on Sahara Avenue was saying goodbye to one of its own. Singer Mark Giovi was leaving town, and the crowd sipped martinis and watched him work the room.
A tombstone marks the graves of Civil War veterans at Woodlawn Cemetery Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Opened in 1914 on 10 acres of donated land, Woodlawn, the oldest cemetery in Las Vegas, is coming up on its 100th anniversary.
Lots of history buried in century-old cemetery near downtown Las Vegas
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Not far from downtown Las Vegas, a simple stone marker between two old shade trees marks the final resting place of Jack “Diamondfield” Davis. With Woodlawn Cemetery turning 100 years old in March, surely the spirits of Davis and other Las Vegas pioneers — politicians and gamblers; lawyers and indigents; farmers and Civil War veterans, both Union and Confederate — will rise once more to be recognized.
Back in the day, even Las Vegas had a 'Boot Hill'
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Before the creation of cemeteries in Southern Nevada, transients buried their dead in the desert, noted with markers that soon disappeared or were forgotten. The small population of white settlers buried their dead on family ranches and some were transferred later to more permanent burial sites.
MLK's dream inspires a new march, and a president
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the "glorious patriots" who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.
Christie Haynes reads a writing assignment she completed during a memoir writing workshop at the LDS Family Search Library, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013.
Memoir workshop encourages seniors to explore intimate, sometimes painful memories
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Five women sit in a high-ceilinged room of a church that serves as a computer lab, desktop computers sitting on rows of long tables. They take turns reading aloud from papers handwritten and typed with intimate stories of their past -- some that they've never before shared.
Las Vegas resident and Kennedy assassination conspiracy theorist Bob Ries sits for a photo while selling his book "Who Really Killed Kennedy?" at a church garage sale Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013.
Las Vegas author laments that no one's listening to his Kennedy assassination theory
Monday, November 18, 2013
Las Vegan Bob Ries, 71, admits he’s a nobody adding his voice to the cacophony of people shouting conspiracy, but he believes he has the truth of what happened Nov. 22, 1963, in his 126-page self-published book.
Newspaper people don’t let a little fire get in the way
dear boss:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Former Executive Editor Bryn Armstrong wrote a column after the Sun's building burned down Nov. 20, 1963. In it, she assured former Publisher Hank Greenspun that his staff handled the situation well but that he may want to come back to the office.
Taking a look at the bigger picture after the smoke clears
Where I Stand:
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A week after the Sun's building burned down Nov. 20, 1963, former Publisher Hank Greenspun reflected on the events of the day and what the situation taught him.
Bryn Armstrong walks through the burned out Las Vegas Sun newspaper offices on April 23, 1964. The paper which was located at 900 S. Main Street burned down on November 20, 1963.
Looking back on the early-morning blaze that destroyed the Sun building
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Fifty years ago today, a fire swept through the Sun newspaper offices, destroying the facility and crippling the printing press beyond repair. Cause of the fire was never determined, leading to much speculation about who was out to get the newspaper’s crusading founder, publisher and editor, Hank Greenspun. Today, we reprint the news article that was published the following day as well as two columns printed after the event.
In this Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, President John F. Kennedy's motorcade travels through Dallas.
Boulder City woman who saw JFK moments before assassination shares memories
Friday, November 22, 2013
The convertible rolled past Sally Anderson and her schoolmates, offering a prized glimpse of Jacqueline Kennedy’s strawberry pink Chez Ninon suit and matching pillbox hat.
Philanthropist had long love affair with Nevada history, dance troupe Rhythmettes
Terry Lee Gialketsis, 1939-2013:
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Native Nevadan Terry Gialketsis performed in Las Vegas High School’s Rhythmettes — a dance squad of such precision that it appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." And as an adult, she commemorated the struggles of 19th century pioneer women such as American Indian activist Sarah Winnemucca. But she was most proud of her quiet philanthropy.
A pedestrian walks by The Atomic on East Fremont Street Wednesday, June 20, 2013. The bar was originally built in 1945 as Virginia's Cafe but was renamed Atomic Liquors in 1952 when patrons used to go to the roof to watch the nuclear blasts from the Atomic Test Site.
Joe Downtown: Bars, Mob Museum to celebrate repeal of Prohibition
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
References to Prohibition Era drinking has practically gone viral downtown. At least three businesses are celebrating the repeal of Prohibition, which was a Constitutional ban on alcoholic beverages from 1920 to 1933.
Annenberg Foundation Grants Manager Allison Gister, left, and Annenberg Space for Photography Ventures General Manager Carol Laumen used a clandestine plan to secure the return of valuable native American masks from a Paris auction last week. They are photographed in the office in Los Angeles where they spent the wee hours of December 9 executing the deal with telephone and online bids.
Secret bidders help Arizona tribes secure return of sacred artifacts
Saturday, December 28, 2013
They were two veteran emissaries for a Los Angeles-based philanthropy, tasked with staging a clandestine operation to rescue a series of Native American spiritual artifacts from public sale half a world away. This month, Annenberg Foundation staffers Allison Gister and Carol Laumen found themselves making anonymous telephone bids at a Paris auction to secure rarities considered sacred by the Hopi and San Carlos Apache tribes in Arizona, including exotic mask-like visages that had been lost — some say looted — over the past century.


The Suez Canal was under construction when Nevada became a state in 1864.
Celebrating Nevada's 150th with a look at the world in 1864
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
The Suez Canal and the U.S. transcontinental railroad were under construction when Nevada was admitted into the Union.
Long before they were lawyers and judges, Carl J. Christensen and Lloyd
George let their fists make the ruling (1947).
Joe Downtown: Historical society crowdsourcing for not-so-famous Las Vegas photos
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Some of the pictures the society already has are ones you may not have seen before: Elvis checking into the Sahara a day before “Viva Las Vegas” shooting began; Liberace standing by his car talking to a priest; and Lloyd George as a young man in 1947.
'Good for One Screw': A history of brothel tokens
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Ralph Griswold, comptroller of the Aladdin Hotel, presents a unique money ribbon that was used in ceremonies marking the opening of the newly built Sinbad Lounge at the Aladdin to Kitty Rodman, first vice president of the Easter Seal Society for Crippled Children, Aug. 12, 1969.
Pioneer businesswoman succeeded in 'a man’s world,' left lasting legacy at UNLV
Kitty Rodman: 1926-2014:
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Kitty Rodman, a native Virginian who followed her husband to Las Vegas in 1952 and subsequently became a pioneer businesswoman, revered philanthropist and champion of education, died Thursday. She was 88.
Assemblyman Joseph Hogan and Dr. Sarann Knight Preddy celebrate as they participate in a Bridge of Peace Ceremony of Reconciliation and Healing at the Elks Lodge on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. It was a highlight during A Moulin Rouge Affair sponsored by the Harrison House.
Events honor historic 1960 accord that ended segregation on Strip
Thursday, March 27, 2014
As Nevadans are celebrating the state’s history and making giant cakes for the 150th Anniversary, the Harrison House, Nevada Black Historical Society and other organizations wanted to make sure the history of blacks in Nevada was ...
Historian Michael Green takes a quick poll while teaching a Nevada history class at CSN on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.
CSN’s master of tailor-made teaching
Sunday, March 30, 2014
The College of Southern Nevada has one of the best history teachers in the country ...
Rick Harrison, co-owner of Gold & Silver Pawn Shop downtown.
Gold & Silver Pawn offers to sell McKinley wife’s tiara at cost to presidential library
Thursday, April 3, 2014
The McKinley Presidential Library and Museum in northeast Ohio is hurriedly fundraising in hopes of buying a tiara that once belonged to President William McKinley's wife. The owners of Ida McKinley's diamond-accented headpiece sold it to Gold & Silver Pawn, the Las Vegas pawn shop featured in the History Channel show "Pawn Stars," the Akron Beacon Journal reported. Shop co-owner Rick Harrison has offered to sell the piece to the Canton museum for …
Long-time Las Vegas resident, Emilio Muscelli, poses for a portrait in the back yard of his home over-looking the 5th hole of the Las Vegas Country Club Estate golf course, Monday Jan. 9, 2012. Emilio worked as Vegas' most beloved maitre'd of the Hilton, and the International before that, and befriended many important people in the "who's who" of Vegas, Hollywood, and the world.
Revered maitre d’ enjoyed decades-long front seat to Las Vegas history
Emilio Muscelli: 1922-2014:
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Emilio Muscelli, an Italian immigrant who worked 27 years as lead maitre d’ at five major Las Vegas resorts, becoming as popular with some customers as the legendary acts that graced the showroom stages, died Tuesday of pneumonia at a Las Vegas hospital. As a revered Las Vegas maitre d’, Muscelli seated thousands of locals and visitors at the Rat Pack’s performances at the Sands in the early 1960s and to Elvis Presley’s attendance-record-setting shows at the Las Vegas Hilton in the 1970s. But he saved the best table for himself ...
Brush fire consumes 6 acres near Overton
Friday, April 18, 2014
Firefighters battled a large brush fire in Overton from late afternoon into the early evening, according a release from the Clark ...
Volunteer painters from Union #159 paint the Huntridge sign tower from a lift during the BYOB! Bring Your Own Brush community painting party, which is part of the Huntridge revitalization efforts, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013
Joe Downtown: Councilman exploring whether city can kick-start Huntridge fundraising effort
Friday, May 2, 2014
Las Vegas Councilman Bob Coffin said a lawsuit looming over an effort to purchase and renovate the historic Huntridge Theater has caused would-be backers to …
The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sits in a conservation tank at a lab in North Charleston, S.C., before it was to be covered in a chemical bath on Thursday, May 1, 2014. Bathing the hand-cranked Hunley in chemicals marks a new step in the conservation of the first sub in history to sink an enemy warship. The chemical bath will help remove salts and the encrustation on the submarine's hull. The Hunley sank a Union blockade ship off the South Carolina coast in 1864. It was discovered in 1995 and raised in 2000 and brought to the North Charleston lab.
Scientists give Civil War submarine a bath in search for answers
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Scientists near the city where the Civil War began prepared Thursday to soak an encrusted Confederate submarine in a chemical bath to reveal its hull for the first time in 150 years, seeking to solve the mystery of the ...
Sammy Davis Jr. performs in front of a packed crowed at the Sands' Copa Room during the 1960s.
Daughter shares fond memories of Sammy Davis Jr.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
Tracey Davis always knew growing up that her father, Sammy Davis Jr., loved her and her two adopted brothers, Mark and Jeff. But the legendary ...
Bandits Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow are seen in an undated photo.
Legacy of Dallas-based bank robbers Bonnie and Clyde lives on
Monday, May 26, 2014
Seven miles down the road, two crooks died a long time ago. For most other criminals, that could have been the end of the story. But Bonnie and Clyde live on. In the imagination of the public, Hollywood, haunted descendants and here on Main Street in this tiny town about an hour east of Shreveport, the legacy of their two-year crime spree endures ...
Alabam was once the nickname of a old man who cleaned the latrines during the 1930s construction of Hoover Dam. Now, thanks to a Boulder City arts project, a bronze statue of the long-gone character stands on a city street corner, greeting visitors.
When Hoover Dam was built, this worker had the dirtiest job
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Nobody could recall his real name. Instead, he was known simply as Alabam, probably a riff off his Southern roots. But they all knew him, the old man who played a gritty and and all-but-thankless role in the Depression-era building of Hoover Dam. On Boulder City's main drag, not far from the shores of Lake Mead, he stands in an immortal pose, 8 feet tall with ...
The Slide Fire burns near 89 A south of Flagstaff, Wednesday, May 21, 2014.
Ruins revealed by Arizona’s Slide fire tell story of early settlers
Sunday, June 1, 2014
A couple of short stacks of logs that appeared to be intersecting at a right angle caught the eye of a firefighter battling the Slide fire in Arizona. An archaeologist with ...
Aviva Futorian and Roy DeBerry sit in Futorian's Chicago apartment. They have been friends since they met 50 years ago during "Freedom Summer." Although fewer than one-tenth of the 17,000 black residents who attempted to registered to vote during the freedom summer succeeded, the effort helped create momentum for the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
50 years ago, ‘Freedom Summer’ changed South, US
Sunday, June 15, 2014
As a teenager growing up in a Jim Crow society, Roy DeBerry wasn't waiting for white folks to come down to Mississippi and "save" him. But in the summer of 1964, the factory worker's son was very glad to see people like Aviva Futorian.
Mark Hall-Patton, center, poses for photos with fans outside the pawn shop featured on television's "Pawn Stars" in Las Vegas. Hall-Patton, the curator of the Clark County Museum, appears regularly on the show authenticating items brought into the shop.
Mark Hall-Patton, expert on TV’s ‘Pawn Stars,’ is the real deal
Sunday, June 22, 2014
The gray-bearded man in the red shirt and wide-brimmed Amish hat wades into the crowd outside the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, squinting into the noon-hour light. Suddenly, the fans are ...
Photos of Sammy Davis Jr. are seen Wednesday, July 9, 2014, inside the Harrison House, where black entertainers and others stayed when Jim Crow-like laws ruled Las Vegas.
Harrison House, a reminder of Las Vegas’ segregated past, becomes a landmark
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Until 1960, black entertainers could perform in Strip resorts but they couldn’t stay the night. Many stayed in the Harrison Guest House, a tiny home that Genevieve Harrison began renting to black entertainers when ...
President Richard Nixon responds to a question following the formal press conference at the Western White House in San Clemente, Calif., Aug. 29, 1972.
Nixon tapes released on resignation’s anniversary
Monday, August 4, 2014
Almost a decade after Richard Nixon resigned, the disgraced former president sat down with his one-time aide and told the tale of his fall from grace in his own words. For three decades, that version ...
Rough crowd: When The Beatles came to Vegas in 1964, there was no official welcome from the city.
Fifty years later, looking back at The Beatles’ only Las Vegas tour stop
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
For some, it might be the biggest, coolest single event ever to happen in Las Vegas.
In this photo taken Aug. 29, 1966, The Beatles perform at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Candlestick Park, known for its bone-numbing winds, the Catch and the earthquake-rocked 1989 World Series, is officially closing after more than a half century of hosting sporting and cultural events.
San Francisco saying goodbye to Candlestick Park
Thursday, August 14, 2014
San Francisco said goodbye Thursday to Candlestick Park — the stadium where the city's beloved Giants and 49ers celebrated some of their greatest triumphs. The storied venue was expected to shut down after an evening concert by ...
In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, photo, a waitress works during the pre-launch rehearsal at the new restaurant Nazdarovie, where the reproduction of a Soviet propaganda poster hangs over the bar area in Havana, Cuba. The new retro-Soviet restaurant serves minty mojitos, but they come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum.
Havana retro-Soviet restaurant a nod to nostalgia
Friday, August 22, 2014
There's no rice, beans or fried plantains at Havana's newest private restaurant. You can order a minty mojito, but it'll come mixed with vodka instead of the traditional white rum. The waiters speak Russian, and patrons are expected to order in that language if they want ...
Niki Devine is shown with her bichon frise Magic.
Niki Devine, longtime Las Vegas socialite, dies at 87
Niki Devine: 1927-2014:
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
When socialite Niki Devine moved to Las Vegas in 1975 and considered buying a posh high-rise condominium, she heeded the words of her brother-in-law, a veteran New York firefighter, who warned her that ...
The Starship Enterprise, 1992, is a proposed mega-attraction designed by Landmark Entertainment Group with a life-sized ship as long as the Eiffel Tower, in permanent dry dock on Fremont Street.
Visit the Vegas that never happened: A look back at projects that fizzled
Las Vegas History:
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Like chips on a busy craps table, attractions based on Elvis, Titanic, "Star Trek" and many more have come and gone in Las Vegas. Visit the Vegas that never happened ...
The glamorous life of a Las Vegas showgirl
The glamorous life of a Las Vegas showgirl
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Twinkies for breakfast and applauses that are "almost" better than sex. Almost.
In this Nov. 16, 1960, file photo, convicted atom bomb spy David Greenglass sits in a taxi leaving New York's Federal House of Detention. The former Army sergeant whose testimony led to the conviction and execution of his sister, Ethel Rosenberg, and brother-in-law, Julius Rosenberg, died on July 1. He was 92.
David Greenglass, Rosenberg spy case witness, dies
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
David Greenglass, who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War and gave testimony that sent his brother-in-law and sister, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, to the electric chair in ...
Forrest  Williamson, left, and homeless advocate Linda Lera-Randle El shop for some necessities at a thrift store on Main Street Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. Williamson was homeless in the Las Vegas valley for seven years and just got off the street when a portion of the $34,000 in Social Security disability benefits were restored to him.
Longtime champion of homeless in Las Vegas dies at 64
Linda Lera-Randle El: 1950-2014:
Friday, October 24, 2014
For more than a quarter of a century Linda Lera-Randle El stood as a beacon of light for the homeless in Southern Nevada, advocating for job training, community outreach and ...
This is a view of Highway 168 on Sept. 15, 2013. The highway runs from Interstate 15 in the Moapa Valley to U.S. 93 at Coyote Springs.
Still a state of pioneers
Nevada's 150th birthday:
Friday, October 31, 2014
If you want to know the true nature of Nevada, whose 150th birthday we celebrate today, visit the ruins of St. Thomas, the town founded in 1865 by a group of hardy Mormons. Driven by the pioneer spirit, they…
The Las Vegas skyline is seen from the top of the Bellagio.
Las Vegas history test: Do you know former names of city’s casinos?
Thursday, December 4, 2014
The history of Las Vegas is peppered with second acts. Third acts, fourth acts and even more acts, too. Resorts come and go, either being recycled through name changes or ...
An ambulance leaves the scene of an officer-involved shooting Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, near Pecos and Alexander roads.
Book rekindles tales of tragedy, triumph within Nevada’s ambulance service
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Paramedic Alan Tinney remembers pulling up to MGM Grand on that autumn day in 1980 and witnessing “a fireball coming out the side of the building” — the beginning of what would be the deadliest tragedy in Nevada history. Eighty-five people died in the blaze, and nearly 700 were injured. Tinney would make three runs from MGM ...


Elvis Presley: What would have been?
Friday, January 2, 2015
Looking at the King of Rock 'n' Roll's relevancy in Las Vegas' brave new era.
Abandoned 1882 rifle sparks archaeological quest
Nevada history: Origin of gun found propped against a tree is a mystery
Thursday, January 22, 2015
There it was, abandoned for the ages, propped up against a juniper tree in far-eastern Nevada’s Snake Mountains, a Winchester Model 1873 repeating rifle: the gun, as legend goes, that …