Monday, November 2, 2015

Las Vegas, Part 4 = The Mob Museum

After visiting the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop (home of Pawn Stars), my colleague, her friend and I went to the Mob Museum, which really should be on everyone's Vegas to-do list.  Maybe you heard, but The Mob was pretty heavily involved in the history of Las Vegas (shocking, right?), and the museum does a fantastic job of showcasing that aspect of Sin City.

The Mob Museum is housed in the former Las Vegas Post Office & Courthouse, built in 1933.

"The Mob Museum" = because "The National Museum of Organized Crime & Law Enforcement" doesn't exactly roll off your tongue.

First impression inside, before paying.

Some of the museum is good, cheesy fun.

I'm a fan of timelines or anything similar.

My colleague and I... criminals that we are.

And I thought Abercrombie & Fitch was just a clothing line for teenagers and college kids.  My mistake!

A better look at the whole exhibit.

Guns are everywhere inside.

We didn't watch much of the video because we arrived a little late at the museum (i.e. closing time was closing in).

This photo cracks me up to no end.

"Mommy, what's a racket?"

Lieutenant Joseph Petrosino of the NYPD was the 1st U.S. law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty fighting the Mob.  He was Italian born, and died in 1909 in Sicily.

More info on why Petrosino was back in Italy.

Mildly interesting - gambling ships were running in international waters off California.

Artifacts from the gambling ships.

Map of The Mob

Pretty dense in this part of America...

SAN JOSE?!?  Glad I've never ran afoul of those types...

The Arizona Club exhibit hall examined the origins of Las Vegas gambling.

African American workers at Hoover Dam's construction.

The building we were currently touring.

Look closely at this cartoon map of Las Vegas...

Notice the man soliciting the prostitute?

This screen held something behind it that shocked me.

The actual wall involved in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929 was behind the above screen.

The spots of light are on not just bullet holes, but blood that remains.

Not your typical museum piece, that's for sure!

Told ya guns were everywhere inside.

Dick Tracy

J. Edgar Hoover

Letter from Charles Lindbergh to Elmer Irey, thanking him for his advice and for the Intelligence Unit's efforts to track down his child's kidnapper.

This deeply interested me = a ticket to the deciding game of the 1919 World Series (the 4th home game in Cincinnati), which the Chicago White Sox should have won but lost due to a gambling conspiracy.  Also known as the Black Sox Scandal.

$5.50 in 2015 dollars would be $75.65... still a good deal compared to modern prices, but definitely not a bargain!

Very important footnote.

Oh goodie!

The infamous barber chair... in which Albert Anastasia was murdered.

Yeah, that's lovely... (Bugsy Siegel's corpse prominently featured)

Animatronic upper body used to simulate the death of Joe Pesci's character in Casino.

I thought this was pretty cool = Nucky Thompson's death suit from the show Boardwalk Empire.

Coming up next = a Las Vegas 51's baseball game.

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