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Las Vegas Signs (page 3)

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Amall
Las Vegas, NV
Davy's Locker [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
The Amall shopping center originally read "Parkway Plaza". It opened in 1961 and this sign is from then. [map]

The Davy's Locker bar sign was believed to be from the 1960s. It was restored in 2011 and again in 2014. In 2016, the bar was sold. In 2017, the sign was removed and scrapped. A bar owner rescued the cut-up panels and the sign may be repaired and installed inside his bar. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Sky Ranch Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Motel
Las Vegas, NV
The Sky Ranch Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. It was repainted in 2006. The main panel was painted a darker blue before that. The sign is no longer lit. For more, see this website. [map]

The Vegas Motel sign was here by the mid-1960s. It was originally painted black, green, and yellow. As of 2015, the motel was gone. The sign was still there in 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former New Town
Tavern & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Swim-In Pool Supply Co. [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
The New Town Tavern & Casino opened in 1955 and this sign appears to be from then. Bars and other establishments on the Las Vegas Strip were segregated at that time. The New Town Tavern was built on the "Chocolate Strip" west of downtown where African-Americans lived, ate, shopped, and sought entertainment. The bar was closed when this photo was taken in 2014. By 2016, the sign had been repurposed for the Tokyo Casino. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Swim-In Pool Supply Co. is still open but this sign is gone. The animated sign was from the early 1960s. A neon swimmer slid down a life-sized, actual pool slide. The sign caught fire in 2008 and was removed in 2009. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Holsum Bread
Las Vegas, NV
Gail's Bakery expanded to this location in 1954 and began selling Holsum Bread. The sign and clock were installed at that time. In 2004, the building was converted into the Holsum Lofts which is a complex of shops, showrooms, and condos. The neon was restored at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

Monterey Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Rummel Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Sombrero Cafe
Las Vegas, NV
The Monterey Motel opened as the Monterey Lodge Motel. There was a different sign there then. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Rummel Motel was built in 1951. This sign was probably built then. It has been reworked quite a bit since then. The bulb circle with stars was originally installed of an arrow panel which was gone by the late 1950s. That part of the sign is no longer lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Sombrero Cafe opened in 1950 and closed in 2014. For more, see this website. [map]

Trader Bill's
Las Vegas, NV
Tod Motor Hotel
Las Vegas, NV
2006: 2014: 2006: 2014:
Trader Bill's was a Western style leather and gift shop. The store moved to this location on Fremont St. by the 1950s. This sign is probably from the 1960s. There is now a Harley-Davidson dealership and a jewelry store below the sign. The sign was originally painted dark blue with yellow letters. The red paint has faded to reveal the original color underneath. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [first photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

The Tod Motor Hotel opened in 1962. This sign must be from then. It was originally painted yellow and black. The motel had closed by 2015 but the sign was still there. For more, see this website. [map]

Blue Angel Motel
Las Vegas, NV

2006:

2014:
The Blue Angel Motel opened in 1958 and has several signs. A double arch with freestanding letters marks the entrance to the motel's parking lot. There is also a pole sign that stands about 40 feet tall. The motel's most famous sign featured an angel statue which is roughly 15 feet tall. The revolving angel towered about 20 feet over the motel's roof. She wears a halo and holds a magic wand. The sign was designed by Betty Willis who designed many local signs including the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. When it was installed, the angel was criticized for being too busty. Some believe that the statue was modeled after Marilyn Monroe. Others believe it was inspired by Disney movies such as "Cinderella" and "Peter Pan". In 2017, the statue was removed for restoration by YESCO. It will be displayed at an intersection near its original location.

Just after these 2014 photos were taken, new freestanding letters spelling out "Night Club" were added to the arches where the "Blue Angel" letters were previously. The sign panels at the base of the statue were removed. The motel was demolished in 2015. It is hoped that the statue and signs will go to the Neon Museum or be incorporated into the new development on the site. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. [map]

Vegas Vicky
Las Vegas, NV
Golden Goose Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Vicky is installed just across the street from Vegas Vic . The sign was designed by Ad-Art and installed in 1980 for the Glitter Gulch Casino. Vicky's leg was supposed to kick out over Fremont Street but that never seemed to work. The sign remains although there is a strip club below it now. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Golden Goose Casino opened in 1974 and closed in 1980. The sign remains although the space below now houses a "gentlemen's club." The goose statue is now shaded under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Golden Gate Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, NV
The Golden Gate Hotel & Casino opened as a casino in 1955 in the Hotel Sal Sagev (Las Vegas spelled backwards). I believe the vertical sign is from then. Its letters rock back and forth. By 1974, the hotel and casino had been renamed the Golden Gate. For more, see this website. [map]

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