Las Vegas iconic neon signs nevertheless added to the fame of this electric city. Sparkling on the sky along the strip or downtown, they became part the tourists’ memory throughout the years.
Las Vegas iconic neon signs on the strip
Nevertheless, the most iconic neon sign in this city of lights is the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign”
…The sign has never been trademarked, so many other similar appeared. For instance, the Las Vegas ski lovers can see the same sign at the Ski and Snowboard Resort on Mt. Charleston. Furthermore, on the Fremont Street Experience, you can see a “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas”.
The Strip is maybe the place where you can see the most neon signs sighing at night:
Flamingo neon sign
For me this Flamingo neon sign was the one the always reminded me of Las Vegas, and coming back after more than 10 years I was happy to see that it was still there :)
The Flamingo hotel and casino front sign dates back to 1953, and it was designed by Bill Clark of Ad-Art when the original version of the hotel was remodeled.
Another famous Las Vegas neon sign is the clown at the “Circus Circus” casino entrance – it’s just across from where Riviera used to be. The sign was provided by Young Electric Sign Company, and was constructed in 1976.
The Circus Circus casino, was designed as a giant circus tent is illuminated by neon and thousands of light bulbs.
It also known as “the largest permanent big top in the world”
Paris Las Vegas
The beautiful Montgolfier neon sign at the Paris hotel, is not an antique iconic sign (it stands on Las Vegas strip since 1999), but it deserves full attention, because of its unique spherical shape.
Pepsi-Cola Neon Sign
This is a cool animated neon sign above the Starbucks Cafe on a side of the NY-NY complex on Las Vegas Strip. Although it looks like a vintage neon sign, with classic characters, I couldn’t find any information about it’s history… If anybody knows anything about it, please share.
Las Vegas Historic Neon Signs on the Strip
Part of the famous neon signs of Las Vegas unfortunately disappeared over time or have been changed, but some of them still exist and new ones have appeared. This WestGate hotel sign was Hilton in 2007.
Riviera hotel and casino neon sign
The hotel had been imploded in May 2015, after 60 years of existence. “Fabled Las Vegas casino closes after 60 years“….
A big loss was the colorful neon sign that was displayed on the Riviera hotel and casino since April 20, 1955… . It was bought by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which will build a convention center in place. I’m glad that I was able to take this photo before…
… and this is how Riviera looked inside, viewed from the strip:
Las Vegas Neon Museum
At the Neon Museum artists technicians are restoring many of the old historic signs which made the pride of famous hotels and casinos now defunct. Nostalgic tourists can see and admire them inside. The museum displays there to bring back memories of what the city once was.
I just read that the Riviera sign found its home at this museum as well: The light shines again on the Riviera’s iconic sign. Liberace would have maybe come to celebrate this last event of the Riviera, as he did for its inauguration, but Liberace himself doesn’t have a home in Las Vegas anymore…
The famous Las Vegas lights don’t end here, and not on at strip either. Most of the Las Vegas iconic neon signs can be seen on Fremont Street downtown.
– Stay tuned for more…