Manny P. here…
An interactive attraction examining the sordid roots of Las Vegas has just opened on the strip. Called The Mob Experience, visitors can now visit The Tropicana and learn about the history of organized crime’s involvement with the rise of Sin City. Tourists can expect to chat with legendary gangsters, and in some cases, get made, in mob tradition.
Highlights include biographies and stories about Benjamin Siegel and Frank Rosenthal, who ran the Stardust, the Fremont, and the Hacienda casinos. Furniture from Sam Giancana, and a diary from Meyer Lansky are among the historical artifacts to be displayed. Narration is provided by James Caan, Mickey Rourke, and Frank Vincent; all actors who have played crime figures. The popularity of The Godfather, Casino, and Goodfellas should guarantee thousands of visitors each year, generating an abundance of tourism dollars.
Downtown Las Vegas also plans to open a publicly-funded Mob Museum in December to compliment the Vegas-strip attraction. To lawfully silence critics and raise its academic credibility, the Mob Museum brought in law enforcement officials, historians, and acclaimed museum experts to help build its collection. And, it will highlight local historic violence, and the role organized crime played in the success of casinos.
For example, “Bugsy” Siegel’s troubled and expensive opening of the Flamingo Hotel led to his eventual bloody demise. So much for the so-called glamorous origins of Las Vegas, the planned oasis in the Nevada desert.
Until next time> “never forget”