“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
1. Moody House Marker
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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young people of any color.
Erected by the City of Las Vegas, Clark County, Preserve America & the Southern Nevada Public Lands Management Act. (Marker Number 11.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: African Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
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. ¾ 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.
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By Bill Kirchner, March 16, 2010
3. Moody House
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Also see . . .  Moody House page for the Visit the to learn more about the Moody House. (Submitted on October 31, 2020, by Deuce Brandt of North Las Vegas, Nevada.) 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 28, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,842 times since then and 131 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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