Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Betty Willis, Designer of Welcome to Las Vegas Sign, Dies

BETTY WILLIS, 91 Died April 19, 2015.

You may not know her, but anyone who has ever been to Las Vegas sure knows what she did.  She created that wonderful "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign on the Strip.  It has been there since 1959.

It was entered into the National Register of Historic Places in 2009 with the words that it "is the best preserved and indeed the most iconic expression of the remarkable ascendancy of post-war Las Vegas and its famous Strip."

I have one of the lighted signs sitting on my bar downstairs as well as magnets and an ash tray featuring it.

I wrote about her death in more detail in my Cooter's History Thing Blog yesterday.


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