To who-ever says that Las Vegas Strip has no history or culture, I ask… “Are you just jealous?!” Seriously, I live in a desert town built by legally insane (kidding, sort of…) visionaries who decided that an empty Nevadan desert would be the “ideal” spot for a gambling/entertainment metropolis. In the beginning, Sin City was a modest stop for gambling along the highway to L.A. (Genius!) Even now, I can look out my office window and see the the harsh line where our city ends and the desert dirt begins. It took a solid group of artistic, forward-thinking and business-savvy souls to build a city of neon where no one thought it was possible. And now, a dedicated group of downtown historians has opened the “Neon Boneyard,” which is already internationally famous, up to the public. The collection of retired neon signs has been there for a few years, but part of its mystery was always that it was difficult to get an appointment. Now? This absolute treasure is now open to the public. I was honored to be one of the first people to see the Neon Museum at night, lit up. The tour takes about an hour and is fascinating: There is no excuse not to go. Bring your kids, bring the history buffs, make the tourists tag along. It really is the best of Las Vegas. I will post more soon, but I wanted to whet your appetite first.
Let’s show off this neon jungle history!
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