“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)

Moody House


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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
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Inscription.  Herman Moody, Las Vegas' first black career police officer, was raised in this house at 321 Van Buren Avenue, built by his parents (father Henry Moody pictured lower left) who came here in 1939.

As first African-American in Las Vegas to make a career of police work, he helped improve the performance of the Las Vegas Police Department. Moody joined the force in 1946 as a decorated U. S. Navy war veteran. There was no police academy, so he taught himself how to file reports that would stand up in court. He acquired books on Nevada law and showed others how to use them and improve their record of making good arrests. He raised the standards for all Las Vegas police officers.

Moody believed in the Westside and raised his family here (pictured left with wife, Magnolia to Herman's right), but he felt the Westside had an undeserved reputation. Moody insisted that most residents wanted and appreciated good police protection, and for thirty-one years he gave it to them. In 2002, the city recognized Moody for his distinguished service. Moody will always be highly regarded in the community as a beacon of light and a role model for
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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
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young people of any color. (Marker Number 11.)
Location. 36° 11.201′ N, 115° 8.824′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is on D Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 321 West Van Buren Avenue, 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. Christensen House "The Castle" (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jackson Street Commercial District (about 600 feet away); Harrison Boarding House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westside School (approx. 0.4 miles away); Las Vegas Paiute Colony (approx. half a mile away); St. James the Apostle (approx. half a mile away); McWilliams' Townsite (approx. 0.6 miles away); Woodlawn Cemetery (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Las Vegas.
Regarding Moody House. This site is #11 on the Pioneer Trail Route. Noted on marker: The Pioneer Trail celebrates the early history of Las Vegas, offering a glimpse of the people and places that made Las Vegas thrive.
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
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of the West Las Vegas community that wanted to celebrate the history 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 7, 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 March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,551 times since then and 81 times this year. Last updated on December 28, 2011, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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