When I had my first dental appointment in Las Vegas, the hygienist spent most of the appointment time telling me how she likes Boston because there is so much history there. Born and raised in Las Vegas, she lamented the fact that Las Vegas doesn’t have much visable history, “Las Vegas blows everything up and replaces it with something new.” she told me. There is a lot of truth in that statement. Maybe that is why some people are preserving parts of Las Vegas.
One such preservation effort is happening with The Neon Museum of Las Vegas. The “official” Neon Museum where one can go for a tour opened in November 2013,
According to Wikipedia – this is a direct quote:
The Neon Museum was founded in 1996 as a partnership between the Allied Arts Council of Southern Nevada and the City of Las Vegas. Today, it is an independent non-profit.
November, 1996: The Neon Museum at the Fremont Street Experience opens with the Hacienda Horse & Rider sign being lit at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street.
I have taken pictures of Aladdin’s Lamp below along with the plaque stating it is part of the Neon Museum, but I could never figure out the location of the museum. I don’t know why I didn’t Google it at the time.
It wasn’t until I wrote this post that I learned about the Aladdin. The whole story is quite long and rather fascinating in how much luxury was built into this hotel. Your can read about it in part one here and part two is here. That tells the history up to 2004 when the Aladdin become Planet Hollywood. You can read a condensed version of the whole story here.
We had our first tour of the Neon Museum at night. We will be going again during the day. The tour guides are all docents and are well versed in Las Vegas history.
The Sahara, along with it’s past and future history is quite interesting. You can read about it here. This is an example of what is meant by disappearing Las Vegas history.
This is an example of how the changing colors of the night make for a different view of the signs. The Showboat was a great hotel and casino in history. Click here to see more.
Some signs are so large, it was impossible to capture them in one camera shot.
Binion’s on Fremont Street has a lot of history. There were several Binion signs at the Boneyard.
This is a sign representing Terrible Herbst. Our grandchildren got a big laugh out of the name when they came to visit us. They could not understand why someone would brag about being terrible.
This is one of my favorite signs.
The silver slipper has a whole story that goes along with the glimmering lights. To know more about the famous Silver Slipper, click here. To learn more about Howard Hughes and his fascination with the Silver Slipper, click here.
The Neon Museum is a wonderful adventure for you, your friends, and for the whole family. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. There is a lot of history in Las Vegas if one is willing to search it out.
Check out the official Neon Page at Facebook.com/NeonMuseum
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