The iconic sign / Photo by Lizzie Gerecitano

The iconic sign / Photo by Lizzie Gerecitano

All About the Iconic Las Vegas Sign

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We’ll be on Route 215 for almost eight minutes, so now I can tell you more about that iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It was made in 1959, and it’s one of the most photographed landmarks in the whole city. It marks the official start, or end-point, of the famous Las Vegas Strip. It was created by neon sign-designer Betty Willis, who gifted it to the city without ever copyrighting her design. That’s why you see it on all kinds of souvenir items. Betty had great success in a field dominated by men, and her claim to fame is still going strong!

The Young Electric Sign Company actually owns the sign, but they do something pretty cool with the lights that burn out. Each time they replace a bulb, they sell the old one online as a souvenir, with the proceeds going to local charities! A great gift idea for the Vegas fan, in your life!

Interested? Check out our Hoover Dam and Lake Mead tour!

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