10 Things You Didn’t Know About The Welcome To Las Vegas Sign

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I bring to you what is probably the most recognized sign in the world; the brilliantly sparkling beloved “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. There is rich history behind the world acclaimed sign; designed over fifty years ago  and erected in May 1959 on Las Vegas Boulevard.

1.  This sign was designed by native Las Vegas local,  lifelong graphic designer Betty Willis, who was not paid for her design and  refused to copyright it; she considered her work a “gift to the city”, and what a gift indeed!

2. The nostalgic design found in many sign during the 50’s has a name; “Googie Architecture” is well known for its modern “futuristic” “space age” style; traces of this fun style can be found in many nostalgic signs ranging from motels, to diners, and everything in between.

3. The sign was without light in October of 1999; due to a oversight with the electric company, the sign was without power for a month!

4.  Replicates of the Las Vegas sign have been erected around the city. One on Las Vegas Boulevard leading into the Downtown Las Vegas area north of the strip, and another larger on on Boulder Highway, north of Tropicana.

5.  In 2005 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Las Vegas, the DMV created a specialized Nevada License plate displaying the Las Vegas Sign.

6. The artificial turf  below the original sign were only recently added in 2007, playing cards where also briefly added and later removed.

7.  The popularity of the sign as a picture op mecca created the need for a parking area for tourists who wished to immortalize their trip to Las Vegas with a picture. As of December 2008, fourteen (14) parking spaces are now available to accommodate standard cars, handicap access, limousines, and even buses. merely 4 years later, in 2012 the Clark County Commission funded the addition of 20 more spaces.

8. The Las Vegas Sign was also nominated and approved for listing on the National Register of Historic Places on May 2009.

9. In May of 2009 the sign was yet again without power, this time for a noble cause; along with most of the strip casinos, The Las Vegas Sign took part in the Earth Hour.

10.  The light bulbs used for the Las Vegas Sign are available for purchase as souvenirs though the officiallasvegaslisght.com website.

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