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Nevada Signs (page 1)

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Wendover Will
West Wendover, NV
Wendover Will was built in 1952, one year after Vegas Vic, and was maintained over the years by the Stateline Hotel and Casino. The sign is 64 feet tall. The cowboy originally pointed at the state line between Nevada and Utah. The cowboy's eye still winks and his cigarette moves up and down. Will was named after the hotel and casino's President's grandfather. When the Stateline expanded and had a new sign built, this cowboy sign was put in storage in 2002. In 2005, the City paid YESCO $200,000 to restore the sign and install it in the median at the western edge of town. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Laughlin Lou
Laughlin, NV
Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall
Jean, NV
The River Rick, aka Laughlin Lou, sign was built in 1981 by YESCO and installed at the Pioneer Hotel & Gambling Hall. It is a copy of the Vegas Vic sign. For more, see this website.

The Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall opened in 1987. I believe this sign is from then. For more, see this website.

Outpost Motel
Henderson, NV
parking sign
Beatty, NV
The Outpost Motel was built in 1937. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website.

This parking sign was originally installed in Las Vegas. It originally read Last Frontier Village which was a Western themed tourist attraction next door to the Hotel Last Frontier. I believe it opened in 1942. In 1950, the Silver Slipper Gambling Hall, originally named the Golden Slipper, opened next door. After the Last Frontier Village closed, the sign was apparently adapted for the Silver Slipper's parking lot. A slipper graphic was added to the top center of the sign. This sign was removed and in storage in a sign yard. The owner of the Exchange Club in Beatty came to Las Vegas to have a sign made and decided to take this one as well. The Exchange Club is closed now but this sign remains.

Boulder Bowl
Boulder City, NV
Coffee Cup
Café
Boulder City, NV
Desert Inn Motel
Boulder City, NV
Mel's Diner
Boulder City, NV
The Boulder Bowl signs appear to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website.

The Coffee Cup Café space was originally occupied by the "Green Hut" in the 1930s and 1940s. For many years, it was known as "Harry's Café". It briefly went by the names of "Happy Days" and the "50s Cafe". When the Coffee Cup owners moved their business here, they were not allowed to bring the sign with them. Hence, this vertical sign was amended to reflect the name change. The façade's neon "Harry's" sign is now gone. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [info thanks Allen Sandquist]

The Desert Inn Motel sign originally advertised for the Black Canyon Motel. I believe it was built in the 1950s. In 2011, the sign appeared to have been blown down and damaged. It's not known if it will be repaired or destroyed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Mel's Diner was originally "Browder's Lunch" which opened in 1931 as the first restaurant downtown. It became "Browder's Coffee Cup" and this sign was created. The sign was reworked for Mel's. For more, see this website.

Bob's All Family Restaurant
Boulder City, NV
El Rancho Boulder Motel
Boulder City, NV
2006: 2014: 2006: 2014:
Bob's All Family Restaurant was originally known as Bob's Cafe in the early 1950s. By the late 1950s, it went by the name of Bob's Chicken Shack Restaurant. In 2009, the Bob's neon lettering was removed and the sign was painted red. The restaurant is now known as the Southwest Diner. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The El Rancho Boulder Motel opened in 1953 and this sign was installed then. In 2008, the sign was knocked over by high winds. It was restored for approximately $55,000. The AAA plastic panel beneath the sign was removed at that point. The AAA oval on the main sign was also repainted. The sign is about 20 feet wide by 20 feet tall. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Owl Club and Casino
Battle Mountain, NV
The Owl Club and Casino opened in the late 1880s. The signs have been here since at least the 1960s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 2, and 3.

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