The Roots Of Reno

The Roots Of Reno

Al W. Moe / Dec 11, 2019

The Roots Of Reno Reno was truly Hell on Wheels in the s The rest of the nation considered the town Sodom and Gomorra but that s only half the truth Reno offered everything in the way of adult entertainment from

  • Title: The Roots Of Reno
  • Author: Al W. Moe
  • ISBN: 9781439211991
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Reno was truly Hell on Wheels in the 1920 s The rest of the nation considered the town Sodom and Gomorra, but that s only half the truth Reno offered everything in the way of adult entertainment, from speakeasy s and houses of ill repute, to open gaming legal or not And it took plenty of sins by the founding fathers to make Reno The biggest little city in the world Reno was truly Hell on Wheels in the 1920 s The rest of the nation considered the town Sodom and Gomorra, but that s only half the truth Reno offered everything in the way of adult entertainment, from speakeasy s and houses of ill repute, to open gaming legal or not And it took plenty of sins by the founding fathers to make Reno The biggest little city in the world When the gold veins of Tonopah and Goldfield ran out, the casino owners moved to Reno, where even greater riches awaited Together, a group of four men Nick Abelman, Bill Graham, Jim McKay, George Wingfield took over Reno s casinos and held sway over the town for the next three decades Together they administered policy, collected juice, ran politicians, and owned the red light district and most of the town s casinos When that wasn t enough they took over the banks and laundered money for crooks like Pretty Boy Floyd, Alvin Karpis, and Ma Barker s boys, and offered safety to Baby Face Nelson It was a good gig The Reno Four dictated policy all over Northern Nevada, taking special care of Reno and Lake Tahoe casinos up until the late 1950 s Their influence made Reno before Bill Harrah or Pappy Smith ever arrived, needing an introduction and permission to build their own casinos, Harold s Club and Harrah s This is an expansion, an unabridged version of Mob City Reno with much to tell about Nevada s gold mining towns.

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      • Al W. Moe

        Al W Moe was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and traveled across the United States and lived in foreign counties before settling down in Reno, Nevada.His first published articles appeared in Poker Player and were followed by regular columns in Casino and Gaming Chips before the publication of Nevada s Golden Age of Gambling He has worked for several casino groups in Washington, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico, and continues to play poker on a regular basis when not involved with writing deadlines.


    295 Comments

    1. The Roots of Reno tells a riveting tale from rags to riches of four men. The Big Four as noted in the book comprised of Nick Abelman, Bill Graham, Jim McKay and George Wingfield. Starting from the gold rush era to operating casinos, these four men became the force in creating a town that offered a place for the wealthy and infamous. The Roots of Reno delivers exciting and interesting accounts of professional boxers, actors and actresses from the golden era, touching on mobsters and their contrib [...]


    2. Very interesting story for anyone who enjoys history and old school gangsters. The main focus of the book revolves around four men: Nick Abelman, George Wingfield, Bill Graham and Jim McKay. It gives great detail about the things that went on in the early to mid 1900's and as a marvelous touch, includes photos of the characters involved. What I enjoyed the most were the references to people that many of us have heard of: Babyface Nelson, Al Capone, Ma Barker and gang as well as celebrities such [...]



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