Cactus Pete’s and the Creation of a New Town

Peter “Cactus Pete” Piersanti was born in 1917 in Superior, Wyoming. The youngest of six kids to Italian parents. The family moved to Ogden, Utah. Growing up poor during the depression, Peter had always dreamed of being rich. In 1941, Peter purchased a local bar and grill with a card room in the back. Shortly…

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MGM Grand Fire – November 21, 1980

CITY IN RUINS WHAT: Hotel Fire WHEN: November 21, 1980 approx. 7:10am WHERE: Las Vegas, Nevada CASUALTIES: 87 Dead, Over 650 Injured “There was screaming, crying, panic, horror. There was death. And the saddest thing of all about the scene in the MGM Grand Hotel that morning of Nov. 21 is that it need not have happened. Many…

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