Las Vegas iconic neon signs have had a big influence over time to the fame of this city of lights. Sparkling on the sky, along the strip or downtown, they definitely are part of the common memory of all the tourists who have visited the city throughout the years.
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.
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… I’m glad that I was able to take this photo before the hotel had been imploded in May this year (2015), after 60 years of existence. It was bought by Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, which will build a convention center in place.
Other Las Vegas iconic neon signs are being restored to be used again, or just to be displayed for all those who want to bring back memories of what the city once was. When you visit the the Neon Museum you can see them all.
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…
Nevertheless, the most iconic neon sign of this city of lights is the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign”
Did you know that you can even have your own “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign? Check the on Ebay :)
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, designed as a giant circus tent is lluminated by neon and thousands of light bulbs
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.
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.
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.
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For your convenience, here is a collection of Las Vegas guides and maps I found on Amazon: