Shouldn’t downtown’s historic post office be a museum devoted to the railroad workers, miners and Dam builders?

You left out Mormons, Test Site workers, Nellis airmen and all the others whose contributions helped shape the evolution of Las Vegas. The answer is still no. Why? Because many already have permanent museum exhibitions, if not entire museums, devoted to them. The Nevada State Railroad Museum, the Boulder City/Hoover Dam Museum, the exhibitions at Hoover Dam itself, the Old Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park, the Nevada State Museum, the National Atomic Testing Museum. … Heck, we even have a life-size Museum of Failed Casinos!

The Mob Museum tells an important story not just of organized crime, but also the socio-political forces at play that helped shape the personality (and personalities) of Las Vegas. Importantly, the Mob Museum was a courthouse long before it was a post office, and in the 1950s it hosted Senate hearings on organized crime. What better place for this museum than downtown Las Vegas, and what better building than where the federal showdown over Sin City began?

Isn’t it annoying when people who live here throw in the area code when giving you their phone number?

With all the irritations locals suffer, you pick this? It wasn’t that long ago that the entire state was 702 (assigned in 1947), and to phone any Nevada number outside one’s own immediate area (the Lodge at Mount Charleston, for example, to inquire if the Dummkopfs would be playing their Sunday polka by the fire pit), one simply dialed 1+ seven digits. With the population explosion and the growth of cellphones, those seven-digit numbers got scarce, so in December 1998 a split began. Clark County housed the population majority and therefore retained 702; the rest of the state shifted to 775.

So, no, it’s not annoying, particularly in the age of cellphones and number mobility. Most who move here hold on to their cell number out of convenience, and as a last vestige of their old home. After all, who knows when they might skip Vegas with their tail between their legs? I’ve also heard it said that switching to a local number is the last thing one does when “committing” to Vegas. Now, if we can only snag those who refuse to change their driver’s licenses and vehicle tags. They annoy me.

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