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Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas

Imagine Las Vegas, and in your head most likely will be the famous sign, which says: "Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas". For many visitors, this is the first thing they see on the way here, and the last thing they see on the way from here.

We all know the sign, but where exactly did it come from?

Photo sign Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas - American Butler

What is known

The 25-foot mark is actually smaller than most Las Vegas signs. For example, the famous sign of Vegas Vic reaches 40 feet.

Sign Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas is made in the form of a diamond, with pointed upper and lower corners and rounded side corners. At the top of the sign are seven white circles, which were supposed to symbolize silver dollars, in honor of the Las Vegas nickname - “Silver State”.

Each letter of the word “Welcome” is located inside silver dollars labeled “to Fabulous” in the 1950s, followed by the capital letters “Las Vegas”, which occupy most of the sign, and “Nevada” in a smaller font in the last line. On the other side of the sign (which is much less well known) is written: "Drive carefully, Come Back soon".

Photo of the reverse side of the sign of Las Vegas in the USA - American ButlerHistory of creation

Contrary to what you might think, the sign of Las Vegas was not born in the meeting room of the business council and was not invented by local officials. Initially, he was conceived by Ted Rogich, a local seller who did not understand why the city, which at that time was famous for its abundance of neon signs, did not advertise itself better.

In the early 1950s, he began to think about creating a bright Las Vegas sign.

But the artist Betty Willis, who created this monument in the style of googie, brought the idea to life. It was a type of design popular in the 1950s — pastel colors, triangles and futuristic neon.

Although the plate was originally intended to attract tourists to the city, it has now become a tourist attraction. People risked their lives to take pictures with a sign. They stood in the middle of the road to get their picture of the legendary symbol.

In the end, the city decided that the possibility of dead or wounded tourists is harmful for business, so in 2008 they installed parking under the sign. Now it's much easier to take a picture ... Just now you have to wait for your turn.

In 2009, the historical status of the mark was finally recognized in the National, and in 2013 - in the State Register of Historic Places.

Photo of the front side of the sign Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas in Nevada, USA - American Butler

Interesting Facts

  • Although Las Vegas is written on the signboard, in fact it is not located within the city limits. The sign is located on the southern boulevard, which is located in the nearby town of Paradise.
  • At the top of the sign are seven white circles, each of which contains a letter from the word “Welcome”. These circles are actually created to depict silver dollars, since Nevada is the "Silver State."
  • Technically, the mark is owned by the Young Electric Sign Company, which rents it to Clark County. However, Willis was adamant that the design of the mark would not be copyrighted, considering it a gift to Las Vegas.
  • This is in many ways the reason that you see him everywhere. People are free to use the design on anything, for example, on T-shirts, key chains and bumper stickers.
  • Brandon Flowers wrote a song about a sign. In 2010, the vocalist of the group Killers released an album called “Flamingo” (with reference to the legendary hotel based in Vegas). The album has a track called “Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas”, which refers to the sign.
  • While driving in Vegas, you may feel that you see the sign is not the first time. In different places. No, you didn't drink too much. Well, maybe they drank, but that’s why you see the sign. In 2002, the city installed a copy on Las Vegas Boulevard, right within the city. And in 2007, another instance was installed on the Boulder Highway.
  • You can buy part of the mark. When the lamps on the signboard are replaced, they are sold as memorable souvenirs. The funds received are sent to charity.
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