You don’t have to have visited Las Vegas to come across this iconic signage. Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas!
Origin of the Sign
The concept of this signage was the work of a talented graphic designer in the late 1950s. At this time, the city had opened up, and Las Vegas was slowly morphing into what it is today. Betty Willis was the designer, and she came up with the sign’s design, working under Ted Rogich, looking for ways to revamp things and improve how the city advertised itself to guests.
When the design was complete, Western Neon put it up and it became a popular spot for locals. The sign marks the entrance to the Southern end of the Strip.
It is not the only one of its kind ever built in the city. There was a second one along Boulder Highway up to 2016. Unfortunately, it was destroyed in an accident. Currently, a second one along Fremont Street is edited to read “Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas.” Indeed it is worthy signage as the Downtown part of the city is a whole other experience offering guests and locals unique art, food, dining, and entertainment opportunities.
Despite being so authentic to the city, there are no copyright claims to it, and anyone can use it as they please. It explains why the sign features much on various media and memorabilia. It has also helped make people worldwide aware of the beautiful sign, and anyone visiting Las Vegas is likely to look for it to experience it in person. However, the sign is registered as a Historic Place.
The design features what seems like normal circles, but they represent silver dollars. The sign might look smaller in pictures, but it is more than twenty feet tall and is quite a marvel. You can visit for free, take pictures and create lasting memories with loved ones. During the day, it gets busy, and you might have to wait a while before getting a turn. The best time to visit is very early in the morning or at night. There are various ways to get to the sign, and if you choose to drive here, there is a parking lot nearby where you can safely leave your car.