Bugsy memorial

Bugsy Siegel and Vintage Vegas

We all know Vegas is one of the premiere entertainment cities in the world. However, despite all the tourist traffic passing through, not many people know about the history of how Vegas came to be. Mobster Bugsy Siegel played an integral part in the growth and expansion of Vegas.  What most people don’t know, however, is that he originally wanted absolutely nothing to do with Southern Nevada, and instead opted to stay in his beloved Beverly Hills.  Eventually, he decided to bet his money on Vegas, and began building one of the greatest hotels and casinos of his time – the Flamingo.  His work on the Flamingo catapulted Vegas as the place to be for all types of entertainment (legal and illegal), and hotels began a rat-race competition to be the biggest and greatest on the now famous Strip.

flamingo hotel in Las Vegas

Unfortunately, Bugsy was killed only 6 months after opening the casino.

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For many years, the Flamingo had probably the only memorial for for Bugsy and the mob, and it was so small you needed a treasure map to find this gem.  Today, however, Vegas is showing it’s appreciation to Bugsy and the mob by opening The Mob Museum.  So whether you’re in Vegas for a day trip or an extended stay, be sure to check out The Mob Museum and learn all about the how the mob shaped this great oasis in the desert that has earned its nickname: Sin City.



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