This weekend we went to Vegas for our first wedding anniversary and made a stop at the NEON BONEYARD! If you are ever in Las Vegas it is definitely a must see! And definitely one of the best family friendly activities. At the museum they have tons of original neon signs from businesses that were the first on the strip. They call it the Neon Boneyard because this is where all of the signs are laying to rest and be preserved. During the day you are able to see the signs up close and personal, and at night you can see them beautifully lit up! It was so cool to hear the history behind the signs and the original Las Vegas! Thank you Neon Boneyard for the best day!
In front of the Sahara sign. This one really shows how big these signs are! The Sahara used to be one of the most popular places in Las Vegas!
The famous Stardust sign
This was Gavins favorite sign and he actually asked for his pic in front of it? He said he likes that they offered color tv.
The La Concha is the last of the signs to be added to the collection. It just shut down a few years ago. The company was going to bull doze the entire property and the museum was pretty upset about it. They took the signs and the building too! Now the office building for the museum is the original La Concha building shaped just like the sign. So cool!
This cactus was one of my favorite pieces!
This was only ONE row of the signs! Its crazy how many they had in the boneyard. I was in neon heaven!
Okay…. I know this isn’t a sign, but it has amazing history! This is the pirate head from the Treasure Island Pirate show. Treasure Island shut down the water show in 2013 because they were no longer making money off of it. This was one of the first resorts to be kid friendly. Now that the pirate show is gone they are trying to go back to being an adult resort and rebranding themselves as “TI” instead of Treasure Island. Good luck with that!?
This big guy used to sit on top of a building and advertise a good pool game.
I loved looking up close at all the signs and seeing how they were made. One of my favorite things I learned was about the famous “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Back in the early 1900’s when Vegas was trying to make its big debut, a woman created that sign and never took the legal rights to it. She now gets no credit for it and it is in every gift shop on every piece of merchandise in town! Poor lady!