From the Nov. 3, 2012, Roadside Fans Yahoo Group.
Las Vegas' Neon Museum is officially open. It is an open air one with more than 150 signs. Of course, Las Vegas is noted for its neon signs. The electric bill must be stupendous.. And, of course, there are all those great signs for the casinos, sadly, many of which have been destroyed.
Before now, some 20,000 people a year went to the museum by appointment Owners expect 55,000 this year. (I know that the next time I'm there, I'm going.)
The 1960s striking La Concha Motel lobby was donated (If I recall it stood across the street from the Stardust or nearby). It cost $1.2 million to move it. They also have the giant "H" from the the Horseshoe Casino.
Tours are run by eight docents and 20 volunteers assist.
I think that all casinos should donate their old signs when no longer wanted and then also provide money for their upkeep and operation. It's just good publicity.
Lighting the Landscape. --RoadDog
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