Raymond “Pappy” Smith

April 30, 1887 – May 24, 1967

  • 1906, age sixteen┬ámarried the first of his five wives, Dora Mae Pigeon
  • 1908 moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • bought an old roulette wheel
  • creation of Harolds Club. Harolds was one of the first modern American casinos
  • 1964 played a significant role in convincing the federal government to build the I-80 freeway over the Sierra Nevada mountains
  • 1981, four years after Pappy was named Grandfather of Gaming during the fiftieth anniversary celebration of legalized gambling in Nevada
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