By Alan Richard Balboni
Whilst past the Mafia first seemed in 1996, it was once hailed as an important contribution to the heritage of Las Vegas and of ethnic minorities in the US. writer Alan Balboni strains the background of Italians in Las Vegas from the founding of town in 1905, recording their actions within the fledgling payment. As Las Vegas grew, Italian american citizens participated in each point of the city’s society and financial system, together with building, retail institutions, inns, and—after the statewide legalization of playing in 1931—the on line casino undefined. Basing his learn on good over 100 interviews, in addition to the files of Italian American agencies, public companies, and different resources, Balboni has produced a gleaming, farsighted, and punctiliously documented account of the heritage of 1 of Las Vegas’s so much innovative and efficient ethnic minorities. This new paperback version contains an afterword by way of the writer that brings the tale of Las Vegas’s Italian americans as much as the current.
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Properties failed for a variety of reasons, including expansion during recessionary times, poor marketing, mismanagement, and grand-scale employee theft. Phil Dioguardi recalled that all of these factors contributed to the demise of the New Frontier and the Royal Nevada. In finding yet another job, Dioguardi, rather typically, was assisted by the network of Jewish Americans and Italian Americans who held so many of the casino management positions. While it would be an overstatement to characterize the social and business relationships among Italian Americans, and often Jewish Americans, as a surrogate employment agency, the ethnic networking that took place in the gaming business was much like what went on in churches and unions in other cities.
52Andrew's son Jack, who had converted to the Mormon faith while in Utah, achieved fame in LasVegas in the late 1930s as an outstanding high-school and college football player. After World War I1 Jack, like Dick Ronzone, Phil Mirabelli, and William Peccole, became a successful p ~ l i t i c i a n . JohnVinassa managed the Union Hotel, John Graglia operated the National Hotel, P. 0. Silvagni owned Las Vegas's finest hotel and meeting place, the Apache. Anna and Angelo Barozzi and Pete Peccole were major property owners, and A1 Corradetti was a senior member of the city commission, having served a term as police commissioner.
When his daughter Lena married Roberto Testolin, an Italian Ameri- 12 Beyond the Mafia Fremont Street, the heart of Downtown Las Egas, in 1948. (Courtesy Manis Collection, Special Collections, University of Nevada, Las Vegas) can from Wyoming, Silvagni brought his new son-in-law into the management of the Apache Hotel. Testolin had begun his career as a bootlegger during Prohibition and then had bought the Cinnabar and Mission bars near the present location of the Golden Nugget Hotel. Silvagni also encouraged his sister Filomena and her family to leave the depressed economy of New Jersey and relocate in Las Vegas.
Beyond The Mafia: Italian Americans And The Development Of Las Vegas (Wilbur S. Shepperson Series in History and Humanities) by Alan Richard Balboni