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Title Raid on the Rex Gambling Ship, 1939
Date 1939
Description After the raid on the Rex, roulette tables were taken to the city dump, doused with kerosene, and set on fire.

Tony Cornero, owner of the gambling ship, the Rex, was hoping to avoid the illegality of gambling by having his ship stationed three miles offshore from the Santa Monica Pier. However, a court ruled that California's western boundary included those waters. Going further offshore into rougher waters caused his business to decrease so he went back to shallower waters. State Attorney General Earl Warren authorized a series of raids on the Rex to shut down Conero's gambling operations. In this raid, the police burned gambling tables and other gambling equipment from the ship.

(Credit: Santa Monica History Museum/Bill Beebe Collection)

Collection Santa Monica History Museum
Catalog Number 36.2.1524
Object Name Print, Photographic
Search Terms Gambling
Rex Gambling Ship
Year Range from 1939
Year Range to 1939