"Wendover Will" Welcomes You - West Wendover, NV
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member DougK
N 40° 44.411 W 114° 04.378
11T E 747148 N 4514037
Quick Description: Wendover Will stands on a median strip of Wendover Boulevard. He's is a neon cowboy who greets people to West Wendover, Nevada.
Location: Nevada, United States
Date Posted: 4/29/2012 9:13:39 PM
Waymark Code: WMEAZN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 12

Long Description:
Wendover Will used to Welcome People to Wendover in front of the State Line Casino. He is a tall neon cowboy with his hand raised telling you to come on in. Around 2005, he was moved to the other end of town and now stands on a median strip of Wendover Boulevard.

Excerpted from a marker plaque on the base:

Wendover Will has been greeting travelers to Wendover since 1952. His name comes from the founder of the State Line Hotel & Casino, Mr. William "Bell" Smith, who started the State Line Service, a cobble stone station, on the Utah/Nevada border in 1926. Prior to Wendover Will arriving, visitors were greeted by a shimmering light atop a tall pole that provided a signal of sorts to weary travelers crossing the Great Basin Desert, that they were within reach of this small but important oasis on Highway 40 called Wendover. …

Wendover Will was constructed and erected by Young Electric Sign Company out of Salt Lake City, Utah, who has been providing electric and other sign services since 1920. At the time Wenover Will was created, his similar twin "Vegas Vic" was also completed, who today stands adjacent to Las Vegas' famous Fremont Street. Wendover Will made the Guinness Book of World Records as the "world's largest mechanical cowboy". At the time he stood some 63 feet tall, had 1,184 lineal feet of neon tubing with his two large waving arms powered by a single 3/4 horsepower motor, his eye winking and cigarette flicking. The original pedestal of Wendover Will proclaimed proudly "This is the Place" "Where the West Begins".

Wendover Will through time proved to become not only an icon of the State Line Hotel & Casino, but as well became an icon of the community itself. When West Wendover, Nevada, was incorporated in 1991, Wendover Will took a prominent position in the creation of the City Seal which proclaims proudly "Come Grow With Us", a true reflection of the original light atop a pole and later the waving arms of a towering mechanical cowboy, welcoming all to this desert oasis.

Wendover Will was given to the City of West Wendover by Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino in 2004 and now he once again stands tall representing to all, the heritage of our community as "this is the place", "where the west begins".

This monument is hereby dedicated in loving memory to two important and founding members of our community, William "Bill" and Anna Smith.

Wendover Will can be seen in Google Street View.

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