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Welcome Sign
Las Vegas, NV
The Welcome Sign was designed by Betty Willis and built in 1959. The sign is made of neon, incandescent bulbs, and plastic. The "Welcome" letters are painted to look like coins. Since it was never copyrighted, this is perhaps the world's most imitated sign. It stands in a traffic median at the south end of the Strip. As the Strip has grown, the sign has been moved further and further south. The sign was nearly demolished in 1993 but it is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

McCarran Field
Las Vegas, NV
The Alamo Airport was built in 1942. It was renamed McCarran Field in 1948 and this gate served as the main entrance. The gate includes simulated steel propellers and bird wings. The terminals have been moved elsewhere but the Executive Air Terminal is still used for private aircraft. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Motel 6
Las Vegas, NV
McDonald's
Las Vegas, NV
McDonald's
Las Vegas, NV
In addition to the many vintage signs in Las Vegas, many fast food and motel chains have dramatic contemporary signs. The Motel 6 features a huge neon sign. It is the largest Motel 6 in the country. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

These are just two of the neon McDonald's signs in Vegas. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Holiday House Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Fun City Motel
Las Vegas, NV

The Holiday House Motel sign may be from the 1950s or 1960s.

The Fun City Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. It originally advertised for the Holiday Motel. The name was changed and the sign was adapted sometime after 1979.

High Hat Regency Motel
Las Vegas, NV

The High Hat Regency Motel was previously named the Chevron Motel. This sign was adapted for the High Hat and is probably from the 1950s. What is odd is that this postcard shows the Chevron Motel sign without neon and without the boomerang arrow. Could they have been added back for the High Hat? For more, see this video.

Gateway Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Desert Moon Motel
Las Vegas, NV

I believe the Gateway Motel sign was built in the 1950s. It was originally painted darker colors and had a larger graphic of a gate. It was originally known as the Gateway Auto Court. For more, see these websites: 1 and 1.

The Desert Moon Motel opened in 1952. The original sign featured a saguaro cactus and a moon. The moon on top of this sign probably revolved at one time.

Somerset House Motel [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
Somerset Shopping Center
Las Vegas, NV
The Somerset House Motel opened in 1962. It closed in 2010 and was demolished the following year. The sign is gone now, too. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Somerset Shopping Center was built next door to the Somerset House Motel in 1966. This sign appears to be from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Holiday Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Chapel of the Bells
Las Vegas, NV
The Holiday Motel opened in 1958. This sign bears a strong resemblance to the old Holiday Inn signs. For more, see this website.

The Chapel of the Bells opened in 1957. There was previously a neon pole sign as well.

Yucca Motel [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
The Yucca Motel opened around 1950. The sign was designed and built by YESCO. The motel was demolished in 2010. However, the sign was saved and is now at The Sign Museum. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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