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Photograph of Mayor Oran K. Gragson attending the groundbreaking for the Senior Citizens Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, circa 1960s


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1960 to 1969


Groundbreaking for the Senior Citizens Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayor Oran K. Gragson is standing at right. Seated at right in profile is Ron Lurie, City Commissioner. Standing at left is probably Aaron Williams, Vice Chairman of County Commissioners. Oran Kenneth Gragson (February 14, 1911 – October 7, 2002) was an American businessman and politician. He was the longest-serving mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, from 1959 to 1975. Gragson, a member of the Republican Party, was a small business owner who was elected Mayor on a reform platform against police corruption and for equal opportunity for people of all socio-economic and racial categories. Gragson died in a Las Vegas hospice on October 7, 2002, at the age of 91. The Oran K. Gragson Elementary School located at 555 N. Honolulu Street, Las Vegas, NV 89110 was named in his honor. Ronald Philip "Ron" Lurie (born January 23, 1941) is an American businessman and politician. He is the former mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada from 1987 to 1991. Lurie is a member of the Democratic Party.

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pho017964. Oran K. Gragson Photographs. PH-00310. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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