“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Harrison Boarding House


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By Michael Kindig, June 4, 2008
1. Harrison Boarding House Marker
Inscription.  Black entertainers were not allowed to stay at the Strip hotels where they performed in the 1940s and 1950s. Mrs. Harrison's boarding house offered fine accomodations for many of the era's most famous stars.

During one memorable week in September 1949, Mrs. Harrison hosted singer and actor Pearl Bailey (pictured bottom left), Jack Benny's sidekick Eddie (Rochester) Anderson (pictured top left), who had just completed a week at the Thunderbird, singer Bob Parrish en route to Europe from a gig at Club Bingo, nightclub entertainers the Edwards Sisters, the Jubalaires, and musician/singer Arthur Lee Simpkins, all headliners at the Flamingo. Guests dined together and shared news, stories and entertainment gossip in the Harrison living room.

Sammy Davis, Jr. (pictured right) stayed here so often that many people though he owned the house. Davis finally broke the color barrier on the Strip, when the Sands Hotel permitted him to stay while performing there in 1953. Subsequently, the Sands became the home of the famous Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford and Sammy Davis, Jr.), and black entertainers no longer were
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By Michael Kindig, June 4, 2008
2. Site of Harrison Boarding House
turned away from the hotels where they performed. Still, Mrs. Harrison's boarding house continued to offer a home away from home for many black visitors.
Erected by Las Vegas Pioneer Trail. (Marker Number 8.)
Location. 36° 10.916′ N, 115° 8.978′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of F Street and West Adams Avenue, on the right when traveling south on F Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1001 F Street, Las Vegas NV 89106, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. St. James the Apostle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Westside School (approx. 0.2 miles away); McWilliams' Townsite (approx. mile away); Jackson Street Commercial District (approx. mile away); Christensen House "The Castle" (approx. 0.4 miles away); Moody House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Moulin Rouge (approx. 0.4 miles away); Las Vegas Paiute Colony (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. The Pioneer Trail - West Las Vegas
Also see . . .  Pioneer Trail Brochure. The Pioneer Trail is the vision of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history
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of West Las Vegas and the early pioneers that settled the area and contributed to its culture and heritage. A community group was formed to interview long-time residents and research the history of the area. The result was an extensive oral history collection and access to photographic archives that wove a tale of dreams realized and lost, civil rights victories, speakeasies and the development of a strong community, ethnically diverse and culturally rich. (Submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.) 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. This page has been viewed 780 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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