Behind The Booth: Sheriff Ralph Lamb & Booth 28

Behind The Booth: Sheriff Ralph Lamb & Booth 28
Sheriff Ralph Lamb, also known as "The Cowboy Sheriff", was a legendary lawman from Alamo, Nevada. Lamb rose to prominence as the sheriff of Clark County, Nevada, a position he held from 1961 to 1979. Known for his tough stance on crime and unwavering dedication to justice, Lamb became a symbol of law enforcement excellence in the American West.

During his tenure, Lamb tackled organized crime and corruption in Las Vegas, earning him a reputation as a fearless and incorruptible sheriff. His exploits inspired the short-lived CBS television series "Vegas," where he was portrayed by actor Dennis Quaid. Lamb's legacy continues to influence law enforcement practices, with his emphasis on community policing and proactive crime prevention strategies.

Throughout the years, Lamb would frequent the Steer to enjoy a good steak and a glass of scotch while seated at Booth 28. The Steer was considered neutral ground for the Vegas Mafia families, which is why his booth was out of sight from the Mob Room and back entrance.

After retiring from law enforcement, Lamb remained an active member of the community, contributing to various charitable causes and serving as a respected advisor on matters of public safety. He passed away in 2015, leaving behind a legacy as a tough but fair law enforcement officer who helped to shape the city of Las Vegas during a critical time in its history.

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Las Vegas Sun