In just five words, it conveys excitement, revelry, debauchery. The woman who created that iconic sign was Betty Whitehead Willis, who died earlier this week. Born in Overton, Nev. Willis went to art school in Pasadena, Calif. At the time that Willis was working in the iconic neon sign industry, she was a woman in a sea of men, according to The Neon Museum , a nonprofit that collects and displays Las Vegas signs. In , the iconic sign was catalogued on the National Register of Historic Places.
Famous Signage of the Las Vegas Strip
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If you ever wondered what happened to all the old Vegas signs, check out the Neon Museum, where you'll find more than of them gathered. When tourists think of Las Vegas, naturally their memories flash back to its glittering lights. In addition, their first impression of the city often comes from the world's most famous neon attraction. About 20 years ago people from the Allied Arts Council and Young Electric Sign Company YESCO , the manufacturer responsible for creating a number of the city's neon pieces, began collecting and preserving the old signs. The Neon Museum was officially established in , the city allocated space in downtown on the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard for the Neon Boneyard. YESCO then donated its retired signs to the fledgling organization. About 40 percent of the Neon Museum's collection originated there, and items from newly imploded or remodeled properties are added continually.
15 Surprising Facts About the Las Vegas Sign
The city used to blow up its old hotels and casinos like other towns host fireworks displays. The impeccably tailored Rat Pack has been replaced by the sloppily inebriated Wolf Pack from the Hangover movies. Her neon-lit signage has survived changing tastes; moreover, her most famous creations have outlasted the resorts that they were created for. The story of the lights of the glittering Las Vegas strip begins with the discovery of neon in by the British scientists William Ramsay and Morris W.
You know that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas unless the paparazzi is watching. In fact, much of the old Vegas strip is technically located in Paradise. It stands only 25 feet tall. Thanks to Hollywood, you probably think of the sign when you think of the gangsters that founded Vegas.