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Mob Museum Unveils Exhibit on Flamingo On line casino, ‘Bugsy’ Siegel 


Aug 15, 2021

Posted on: August 14, 2021, 01:06h. 
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The Mob Museum in Las Vegas unveiled an exhibit on Friday detailing the origins of the Flamingo hotel-casino and gangster Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel’s function in its historical past.

Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel is seen on this file {photograph}. Siegel represented the East Coast syndicate in Las Vegas. (Picture: Biography)

“This exhibit and its artifacts purpose to pierce the myths and set the file straight,” Geoff Schumacher, the museum’s vp of reveals and applications, wrote in a weblog publish.
The Flamingo opened beneath Siegel’s course in December 1946 on the freeway heading towards Southern California from downtown Las Vegas. 
That street, then a distant ribbon slicing by means of desert panorama, now could be the Las Vegas Strip, crowded with large hotel-casinos. The Flamingo is on the identical location, although none of its unique buildings stay. A few years later, Mob-connected resorts on the Strip had been demolished over time. These embody the Desert Inn, Sands, and Dunes.
Siegel additionally briefly was part-owner of the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas. This resort remains to be in operation, with a few of its unique construction intact.
Siegel had taken management of the Flamingo from its unique builder, Billy Wilkerson, who ran Hollywood nightclubs and revealed the Hollywood Reporter newspaper.
Wilkerson additionally was a compulsive gambler who misplaced a considerable quantity in Las Vegas casinos and wanted assist financing the Flamingo. He turned to the Mob, and Siegel took management.
“Siegel, the Mob’s level man in Las Vegas, labored side-by-side with Wilkerson for a number of months. However disagreements ensued, and Siegel finally pressured Wilkerson out and seized full management of the undertaking,” Schumacher wrote.
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Underneath Siegel, the resort bumped into early monetary difficulties. Six months after it opened, he was shot to demise at his girlfriend Virginia Hill’s rented Beverly Hills house. Nobody has ever been held accountable for his demise.
Siegel’s legacy has added to the underworld aura that continues to draw guests to Las Vegas.
“The homicide of Siegel, which generated front-page headlines throughout the nation, in the end contributed to the attract of Las Vegas,” Schumacher wrote. “Many guests had been drawn to town on the prospect — nevertheless real looking — that the man sitting subsequent to them on the poker desk or the bar is likely to be within the Mob. This sense that Las Vegas supplied alternatives to rub shoulders with the underworld — with none actual issues — boosted town’s development greater than any single on line casino ever may.”
Siegel Artifacts
The Flamingo exhibit that opened Aug. 13 on the the Mob Museum features a touchscreen with photographs and tales from the hotel-casino’s 75 years on the Strip.
Additionally on show is the unique down fee test that Wilkerson wrote to purchase the land the place the Flamingo was constructed. The $9,500 test, written to Las Vegas businesswoman Margaret Folsom, is dated March 5, 1945. The complete buy value for the 33-acre parcel was $84,000, or the equal of $1.2 million right now.
The exhibit features a doc that Siegel signed, eradicating Wilkerson from Flamingo operations. To purchase Wilkerson out, Siegel was to pay $600,000. Earlier than Siegel was shot to demise in June 1947, Wilkerson obtained half the cash. He by no means obtained the remaining quantity. 
Amongst many different Flamingo-related objects on show on the museum are a pair of sun shades that Siegel owned, and a ceramic flamingo that visitors got on the 1946 grand opening.

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