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I-Team: Mob Museum exhibit features 'cowboy sheriff'

I-Team: Mob Museum exhibit features 'cowboy sheriff'

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LAS VEGAS -- Downtown Las Vegas's Mob Museum is now telling visitors more about the life and the legend of southern Nevada's most famous sheriff.

The museum unveiled its brand new exhibit Tuesday called "The Cowboy Sheriff." It's dedicated to Ralph Lamb, who was sheriff in the fast-and-loose years from 1961 to 1979.

Former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman toasted Lamb with his familiar martini.

"To Ralph Lamb, may he remain healthy, vigorous, bright and have that sense of humor that he's always held with him. To Ralph Lamb, the cowboy sheriff," Goodman said.

Lamb and Goodman both famously worked during the mob days in Las Vegas. Goodman was a lawyer for the mobsters and Lamb was the sheriff trying to keep things in line.

One museum curator said Lamb's story is a key part of southern Nevada's history.

"You can't tell the story of law enforcement in Las Vegas without telling the story of Sheriff Ralph Lamb. So, even though we had video, we had some other descriptions of the sheriff's legacy in some of our existing exhibits, the opportunity to really add to that with some of these really unique artifacts and other testimonials about what the sheriff has meant to Las Vegas is really just a remarkable opportunity," said Jonathan Ullman, the museum's executive director.

Former Sheriff Lamb provided some of the items for the exhibit from his own collection.
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