Wright mined the pits and pockets of local lore for nuggets little-known to the public, misunderstood by most, or merely enough fun to be worth telling once more. Frank’s polite reminders were largely responsible for the public realization, long overdue, that Bugsy Siegel did NOT conceive the Las Vegas Strip; that no concrete workers were accidentally and permanently buried in Hoover Dam, and that there never were any radiationgrown giant jackrabbits at the nearby Nevada Test Site.
Newcomers to the world-class city that is Las Vegas today may be unaware that a mere middle-aged lifetime ago, it was still a fairly typical Western small town where most people made their livings in agriculture, mining, the military, or working for the railroad. Newspapers might be delivered by horseback and minor league baseball was major news. When news ran short, Wright reveals, local editors sometimes made up stories, like the nude but evasive Eve of Paradise Valley.
In those days Las Vegas wasn’t fancy, but it was fun, and Nevada Yesterdays makes it live again.