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Carson City County,

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Vintage Ashtrays Website!

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Bill Cook

Can you help identify this ashtray or Cliff, Newt and Laura?

The ashtray mentions, "Cliff, Newt, and Laura." This tray has to date from somewhere between mid 40's to maybe late 50's. He thought that maybe a phone directory might indicate that the three mentioned may have been related, brothers, brother and sister, husband and wife and that maybe a phone book would make that correlation.

It is concievable that one or all of these folks could be alive today. I just keep wondering about them and their "Capital Bar."

Ok, so here is where the fun begins...The point of this inquiry is to determine rather the Capital had gaming of any kind and then to fill in the blanks of the places history and possibly figure out who Cliff, Newt, and Laura were. But, there are problems and it is somewhat confusing, so I will try and explain.

The ashtray shows the spelling as, "Capitol", which would seem reasonable, with CC being the Capitol of Nevada. There is one Casino Poker Chip Guide that lists both a "Capitol" and a "Capital" Bar. It shows no info for the one spelled "Capitol", but suggests it did exist. It lists no address for either, but does indicate a couple chips have been found from the "Capital Bar."

The only other reference I have been able to find is in "Harvey Fuller's Index of Nevada Gaming Establishments by City." It was a 20 year project of Harvey's to list every gaming license in Nevada from 1931-1991. The one thing we have to remember about Harvey, is that lots of his notes were on soggy bar napkins and he was not always the best speller. He lists a "Capital Bar" at 420 N. Carson and opening in 1948, with no closing date. He also, lists a "Capital Saloon" at the same address from mid 1954- early 1959. But to confuse matters worse, there is evidence that The Stockman's Club occupied the same address from 10/01/57 to 4/05/58. I am not sure how buildings are numbered in CC but it would seem odd that they would have the same address at the same time frame.

So, I solicit your help. Someone has to know the answer to this. Were there actually two Capital-Capitol Bars, or is this a simple spelling error that has created the confusion, and there was only one joint, just spelled two ways?

Thanks so much, Mark Englebretson Torrington, WY 82240

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