Ask Dead Elvis: Neon Graveyard
Thu, Sep 3, 2009 (midnight)
I like the history that is involved with the neon signs Downtown. What is the story behind that “graveyard” where all the old casino signs come to rest?
Much cherished by locals, and a popular spot for photo shoots in such publications as Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly, it is located off North Las Vegas Boulevard near Cashman Field and is three acres of pure aesthetic fascination.
Just a quick clarification: Old casinos represent just some of the signs that are located here. Included in the mix are neon pieces from bars, motels and old local businesses donated mostly from estates and the Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO).
This stylish, unique resting place for neon signs of a bygone era is more accessible to the public than you might realize. Contact the Neon Museum (neonmuseum.org) for more information. Readers, if you can’t make it there, at least check some of the neon artwork located in Downtown’s Fremont Street. It’s one eyeful of a history lesson—only in Vegas.
Thank you very much.
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