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Fabulous Welcome Sign - Las Vegas, NV
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Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Marine Biologist
N 36° 04.915 W 115° 10.363
11S E 664526 N 3994579
Quick Description: The "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" neon sign is located on the famous "Strip" in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 4/9/2008 2:22:40 PM
Waymark Code: WM3HYA
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 342

Long Description:
This famous sign is a very popular stop for tourists. It sits alone at the South end of "The Strip" and is often the very first sign a traveler encounters when entering the Strip, particularly those traveling from the airport.

From Wikipedia:

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas Strip landmark created in 1959 by Betty Willis and Ted Rogich for Clark County, Nevada. Willis received $4,000 for her work. The design is characteristic of the Googie architecture movement which was popular at the time. The sign was built by Western Neon. Over the years, the sign has been moved south several times on Las Vegas Boulevard as growth has continued. The back of the sign reads "Drive Carefully" and "Come Back Soon". When seen up close, the circles with the letters of the word "WELCOME" reveal themselves to be silver dollars.

The sign is currently located in the center island of Las Vegas Boulevard across from the (now closed) Klondike Hotel & Casino. Some consider the sign to be the "official" southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. The sign, like most of the strip, sits in the town of Paradise and is located roughly four miles south of the actual city limits of Las Vegas. (Such distinctions are usually ignored by both locals and tourists, who refer to the entire urban region as "Las Vegas".)

With the sign so far away from the city itself, the Las Vegas City Council erected a Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas sign just within the city limits of the City of Las Vegas, on Las Vegas Boulevard. In 2006, yet another sign, larger yet almost identical to the sign on Las Vegas Boulevard, was erected on the center meridian of Boulder Highway near Harmon Avenue.

The image of the sign is featured on the Nevada license plate that was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the City of Las Vegas in 2005.

The sign is currently owned by Young Electric Sign Company which leases it to Clark County, while the design itself is in public domain.

Name of business: City of Las Vegas, Nevada

Type of business: Other

Condition of Neon Sign: Hitsville - In good working order

Physical Location:
South Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV USA

Web Address: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
One picture of sign will suffice. Additional shots - bonus.
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