Las Vegas Signs (page 3)

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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. Around 2018, the sign was adapted for Planet Fitness. The sign is now painted purple and the neon has been replaced with backlit plastic. [map]

Davy's Locker opened in 1968 and this sign was installed then. It was restored in 2011. The fish is nicknamed "Davy". The panels were lit with red, green, and blue neon. After fundraising by the bar's management and staff and with a generous offer by Patrick's Signs, the sign was restored again in 2014. In 2016, the bar was sold and the place closed. The new owner scrapped the sign in 2017. The panels were rescued by another bar owner in town. He had the fish put back together and displays it inside his bar, the Nevada Taste Site, which opened in 2018. I believe the bar is closed now. I don't know if the sign is still there. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Sky Ranch Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Motel [gone]
Las Vegas, NV
Downtowner 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 but gone by 2018. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Downtowner Motel was built in 1963. This sign appears to be from then. In 2019, it was announced that the motel would soon undergo a $2 million renovation. The sign appears to be staying and has been painted a dark gray. [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. By 2019, the building was vacant but the sign was still there. 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.

Monterey Motel
Las Vegas, NV
Rummel Motel [gone]
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. The motel was demolished around 2020 but the sign is still there as of 2022. [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. By 2019, the motel had been demolished but the sign was still there. By 2020, the sign was gone. It is now owned by the City of Las Vegas. The sign will be restored and displayed around 2023 on Las Vegas Blvd. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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. The sign was originally painted dark blue with yellow letters. The red paint has faded to reveal the original color underneath. In 2017, the neon and bulbs were removed and the sign was adapted with backlit plastic letters for a White Castle. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [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 is still there. For more, see this website. [map]

Blue Angel Motel
Las Vegas, NV


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 is now owned by the City of Las Vegas.

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. In 2017, the Blue Angel statue was removed. By 2018, all of the signs were gone. The statue and pole sign with the bulb arrow were restored by YESCO and installed near the site of the former motel. They are now owned by the City of Las Vegas. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

Vegas Vickie
Las Vegas, NV
Golden Goose Casino
Las Vegas, NV
Vegas Vickie was installed just across the street from Vegas Vic . The sign was designed by Chuck Barnard of Ad-Art and installed in 1980 for the Glitter Gulch Casino. The sign is 76 feet tall. Vickie's leg was supposed to kick out over Fremont Street but that stopped working in the first year. In 2017, the sign was removed when the property was being redeveloped. In 2020, the panel with Vickie was restored and installed inside of the Circa Resort & Casino. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Golden Goose Casino opened in 1974 and closed in 1980. The goose statue originally revolved. The sign remained although the space below housed a "gentlemen's club." The goose statue was shaded under the Fremont Street Experience canopy. In 2017, the building was demolished. The Goose statue was saved and has been installed downtown. The revolving mechanism has been restored. I don't know if the neon sign was saved. For more, see this website. [map]

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. [map]

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