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Fifth Street

December 23, 2020

Editor’s note: For this holiday edition of Fifth Street, enjoy these stories from the rich, meaty, satisfying Desert Companion archive that consider the Las Vegas of yesteryear, from unsung historic figures to famous casino flops.


January 2015
Sounded Good on Paper
From bad concepts to non-starters to cringey fiascos, Las Vegas has had its share of historic flops
By Michael Green

March 2019
The Presidentess
An adventurer, author, and political strategist, Jessie Frémont is an unsung Western icon
By Sally Denton

August 2015
Handsome Johnny
With charm and connections, Johnny Rosselli made things happen for the Mob in Las Vegas
By Geoff Schumacher

March 2018
Memes of 1911
What was on the minds of Las Vegans the year the city incorporated? Luckily, they saved their memes!
By Andrew Kiraly and Scott Dickensheets

April 2018
Off Track
Formula One roared into Vegas 40 years ago. But the big race wasn’t the only spectacle
By Ian Whitaker

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