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Quick Fact – Elko Casino Targeted

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The main street in Elko, Nevada, 1940


After hiding somewhere in the building, a person robbed the Bank Club casino’s safe of $500 in silver change (about $9,000 today) between 4 and 6 p.m. on a Wednesday in early December.

This particular Bank Club — a common name for Nevada gambling houses — was located in the town of Elko. The money belonged to Phil Heidt, who ran the club’s gaming.

Photo: by Arthur Rothstein

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