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Las Vegas Signs (page 1)

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Welcome Sign
Las Vegas, NV
The Welcome Sign was designed by Betty Willis and built in 1959. The sign is made of neon, incandescent bulbs, and plastic. Since it was never copyrighted, it is perhaps the world's most imitated sign. It stands in a traffic median at the south end of the Strip. As the Strip has grown, the sign has been moved further and further south. It was nearly demolished in 1993 but it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

McCarran Field
Paradise, NV
Motel 6
Las Vegas, NV
McDonald's
Las Vegas, NV
The Alamo Airport was built in 1942. It was renamed McCarran Field in 1948 and this gate served as the main entrance. The gate includes steel propellers and bird wings. The terminals have been moved elsewhere but the Executive Air Terminal is still used for private aircraft. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

In addition to the many vintage signs in town, many chains have contemporary contributions. The Motel 6 features a huge neon sign. It is the largest Motel 6 in the country. For more, see this website.

These are just two of the neon McDonald's signs in Vegas. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8.

Fun City Motel
Las Vegas, NV
High Hat
Regency Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Gateway Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Desert Moon Motel
Las Vegas, NV

The Fun City Motel features hot pink motel rooms and this neon sign. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The High Hat Regency Motel and the Gateway Motel are probably from the 1950s. I believe the Gateway Motel sign was recently restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [daytime photos thanks Glenda Campbell]

The Desert Moon Motel opened in 1952. The moon on top of its sign probably revolved at one time. For more, see this website.

Somerset House Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Somerset Shopping Center
Las Vegas, NV
The Somerset House Motel opened in 1962. It closed in 2010 and it's not known what will happen with this sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Somerset Shopping Center is next door to the Somerset House Motel and was probably built at the same time. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Holiday Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Chapel of the Bells
Las Vegas, NV
The Holiday Motel opened in 1958. Their sign bears a strong resemblance to the old Holiday Inn signs. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Chapel of the Bells opened in 1957. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Yucca Motel [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
The Yucca Motel opened around 1950. The sign was designed by YESCO. The motel was demolished in 2010. However, the sign was saved and is now at the Sign Museum in Las Vegas. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Swim-In Pool Supply Co. [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
Alpine Fixtures
& Sheet Metal
Las Vegas, NV
The Swim-In Pool Supply Co. is still open but this sign is gone. The animated sign was from the early 1960s. A neon swimmer slid down a life-sized, actual pool slide. The sign caught fire in 2008 and was removed in 2009. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Alpine Fixtures & Sheet Metal features extensive painted signage on its building.

Holsum Bread
Las Vegas, NV
Gail's Bakery expanded to this location in 1954 and began selling Holsum Bread. The signage and clock were installed at that time. Previously, Holsum Bread came from Phoenix, AZ (hence the "hours fresher" sign reference). In 2004, the building was converted into the Holsum Lofts, a complex of shops, showrooms, and condos.

Western Exterminator
Las Vegas, NV
Monterey Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Rummel Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Villa Inn Motel
Las Vegas, NV
The Western Exterminator chain was founded in 1921. This character was developed in 1931. This location features a "Kernel Kleenup", aka "Little Man", pole sign. The mouse that he normally points his finger at is missing. There are other statues in Phoenix, AZ and elsewhere. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Monterey Motel sign is a pretty faded but the place is still open. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

The Rummel Motel was built in 1951. This sign has been reworked a bit since then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

The Villa Inn Motel was previously the "Villa Francesca Hotel". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

Tod Motor Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
The Tod Motor Hotel looks to be from the early 1960s. For more, see this website.

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