Nevada Yesterdays: Short Looks at Las Vegas History

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For 18 years, Las Vegans have enjoyed small helpings of their own rich history, served up by public radio station KNPR. Hearing well-told tales of characters with names like "Whiskey Pete," and the comic-opera romance between a famous female evangelist and a boyfriend called "Whataman," many a listener has wished for a transcript. This book fulfills that wish, presenting more than 100 selected mostly by the program's original author, historian Frank Wright. Wright mined the pits and pockets of local lore for ...
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For 18 years, Las Vegans have enjoyed small helpings of their own rich history, served up by public radio station KNPR. Hearing well-told tales of characters with names like "Whiskey Pete," and the comic-opera romance between a famous female evangelist and a boyfriend called "Whataman," many a listener has wished for a transcript. This book fulfills that wish, presenting more than 100 selected mostly by the program's original author, historian Frank Wright. Wright mined the pits and pockets of local lore for nuggets little-known to the public, misunderstood by most, or merely enough fun to be worth telling once more.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932173277
  • Publisher: Stephens Press, LLC
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Pages: 124
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.36 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author


For 25 years, Frank Wright was the recognized authority on the events that shaped Las Vegas. After an early career as a political science professor, Wright worked in the legendary Binion's Horseshoe Casino before finding his calling as a historian in 1975. He retired in 2002 and began working on this book, which was finished by his widow, Dorothy Wright.
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Table of Contents

When History Hit the Airwaves viii
Three Decades Seeking the Facts ix
Foreword: Remembering Frank Wright x
Prologue xi
Chapter 1 Pioneering 13
Exploring Las Vegas Street Names
The Gamble of Dominguez and Escalante
Mexican Traders Miss the Springs
Jedediah Smith
John C. Fremont
A Valley Called Death
The Killing of Archibald Stewart
Chapter 2 Trains, Planes and Automobiles 21
The Clark-Harriman War
The Golden Thumbtack
Birth of a Railroad Town
The Race to Bullfrog
Marooned! The Flood of 1910
The Two Depots
The Arrowhead Trail
Railroad Underpasses
Highway 95
Las Vegas Streets
Monorail, Dream of the Future
Las Vegas' First Airport
Western Air Express
McCarran Airports
Bonanza Airlines
Chapter 3 Law and the Courts 37
The Bar of Justice
Six Companies Versus Ed Krause
The Blue Room
Sam Gay
The Dugan Trial
Bridget Waters
Gun Law
Chapter 4 Vegas Vices 43
Prohibition
Liberty's Last Stand
End of Prohibition
Divorce Las Vegas Style
Mr. Gormley's Divorce Problems
"Ma" and "Whataman": A Case Study
Dude Ranches
Marriage
Keno Battles of the '30s
Tony Cornero and the Meadows
Guy McAfee and the Californians
Senator Kefauver Looks Down his Nose
Vegas' Most Notorious Block
Chapter 5 Media 54
Al Cahlan
Woman in the Dunes
Florence Lee Jones The Las Vegas News
The Free Presses
Las Vegas' First Radio Station
FM Radio
Television
Las Vegas News Bureau
Chapter 6 Education and Culture 63
Las Vegas School
School Bonds
The Library
University of Nevada Looks South
Movie Theaters
Community Concert Association
Las Vegas Little Theater
Chapter 7 Sports 70
Annual Rodeos
Henry Wilson and the Las Vegas Desert Rats/Tigers/Giants
Las Vegas Hits the Big Leagues
Cashman Field
The Wranglers and One for the Record Book
Horse Racing
Basketball Scandal
Wildcat Football
Chapter 8 Working Men and Women 78
The Railroad Strike of 1922
The Central Labor Council
Culinary Union
The Musician's Union
Black Labor at Boulder Dam
One Big Union
The Working Man is Poor
CIO
Rosie the Riveter Comes to Nevada
Organizing the Dealers
Chapter 9 Potpourri 86
Electrifying Las Vegas
Convention City
Is it "Helldorado" or "Heldorado?"
Water
Vegas Vic
Southwest of Town
Heat
The Cal-Nevada Wars
Chapter 10 Some Military Matters 93
Gunnery School
Blackout
Carole Lombard
William Nellis
The Atom Bomb
Chapter 11 The Strip 101
In the Beginning
The Frontiers
Thunderbird
Resorts 1955
The Sands
Hacienda
Chapter 12 Small Clubs 109
Arizona Club
Moulin Rouge
Green Shack
Jackson Street
Monte Carlo
Seven Thieves
The Big Four and Venetian Ballroom
Biltmore
Las Vegas Club
Chapter 13 Characters 117
Baby Face Nelson
A.L. Worswick
Leigh Hunt
"Whiskey Pete"
Bob Russell
Howard Hughes
About the Author 122
Acknowledgements 124
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2005

    NEVADA YESTERDAY'S TODAY!

    Finally a Las Vegas history book for everyone! Frank Wright's 'Nevada Yesterday's' is the history of Las Vegas publication, that reads as if 'U.S.A. Today' newspaper had commissioned the book. Educational and entertaining reporting of the big stories from Las Vegas's past, the book reads well with great photography and graphics. I really enjoyed the world timeline segments, that put Las Vegas history into a larger perspective. One of the greatest services 'Nevada Yesreday's' provides the reader is the contrast between the myth-Las Vegas and the REAL history that is often better than the Hollywood version.

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