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Should the county buy a once historic casino?

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Even in a place with as rich a history as Las Vegas, the Moulin Rouge has special standing.

In 1955, Sammy Davis Junior and Nat King Cole headlined strip casinos but they weren’t allowed to stay at the hotels. The Moulin Rouge shattered barriers. It was the first desegregated hotel-casino in Las Vegas and the first one owned by an African American, Dr. Sarann Knight-Preddy.

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Financial problems and fires have plagued the historic property. The first Casino shut down after just five and a half months.

Now, it might be the County’s turn to find success on the land just west of the 15. In October, Clark County put in a bid of $6.2 million to buy it with the hopes of building an office on the site. The Department of Family Services set to move in. But on Tuesday the County Commission hit pause. The postponed the purchase until community input could be sought.

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On Thursday, the community will get their chance to voice their opinions.

The meeting will be held on Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pearson Community Center at 1625 West Carey Ave. in North Las Vegas

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