The Roots of Reno

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Al Moe, Oct 3, 2008 - History - 237 pages
The behind-the-sceens true story of how Reno became "The Biggest Little City in the World."
 

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The Roots of Reno is the first book to actually detail the lives and influences of some of the earliest casino owners in Nevada. The text starts with Nick Abelman and George Wingfield when they were in their formative years, what determined their futures (Abelman was a bar owner, Wingfield a poker player), and what their plans were for later life.
The book includes many old photos from the turn of the century up to the 1940's, mostly of Reno and Lake Tahoe. Great care was obviously taken in the research for this book, but instead of reading like a college text book, the author makes it imminently readable by focusing on a small cast of characters and their lives.
Set in chronological order, the reader learns how the greatest casino owners of the 1920's to the 1950's built their empires, and how many other casinos and owners were influenced.
 

Contents

The Christmas Present
3
Future King
11
Goldfield
17
Mining and Saloons
25
Tonopah
31
New Partners
41
Reno
53
Wingfields Favor
61
More Building
145
Paying the Piper
153
Fallout from the Second World War
157
Changes at South Shore
163
The Sahatis
167
Powerful Friends
171
Good Help is Hard to Find
175
Cleaning Up
183

The Calneva at Lake Tahoe
65
The Riverside Bank
67
Quenching Renos Thirst
77
The Ship and Bottle
87
Visitors from Chicago
91
The Fall of32
95
South Shore Lake Tahoe
101
Wayward Son
121
The Trials of34
125
Expanding from Renos Downtown
135
Trouble at the Lake
189
The 1950s
193
Run on the Bank
199
Sacking the Palace
203
The Calneva Lodge
205
Enter SinatraThe End is Near
213
Bibliography
221
Articles
222
Newspapers
223
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About the author (2008)

Author Al W. Moe is a twenty-year veteran of the Nevada Gaming Industry. During that time he has published over 100 articles on the history of gambling, poker, and the men and women who have made significant contributions to Nevada and casinos in general.Mr. Moe's first book, Nevada's Golden Age of Gambling, is considered a "classic" resource for photos and stories from the state's first fifty years of legalized gambling, 1931-1981, and continues to sell-out at many bookstores.Mr. Moe currently resides in Scottsdale, AZ with his wife and youngest daughter.

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