Do You Know This Neon Rider?
Las Vegas has always been known for its neon lights. These lights are as much of Las Vegas history as is the gambling, the mob, and entertainment.
The neon rider in the photo used to sit at the Hacienda Hotel & Casino which was located where Mandalay Bay is today.
Anyone who has an interest in the history of Las Vegas will want to add the Neon Museum to their itinerary when they visit. This museum houses some of the most well known Las Vegas hotel and casino signs. The two-acre campus includes the Neon Boneyard with over 150 signs. There are more signs at other locations.
So many of the famous hotel/casinos of Las Vegas have been imploded or destroyed. We have their signs to remember them by. They remind us of some of the forgotten history of this unique city.
Even those who have never been to Las Vegas would readily recognize many of the signs of many Vegas casinos. The signs of the Golden Nugget, Stardust, Riviera, Flamingo, or Caesars are some that have gained wide recognition. These signs have appeared in countless television shows, movies, books, and photos.
The Neon Museum was founded as a (501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 1996. It opened at its current location at 770 N. Las Vegas Blvd, just north of downtown, in 2012.
According to its website (www.neonmuseum.org), “the organization is dedicated to collecting, studying, preserving, and exhibiting iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, arts, and culture enrichment.” The museum offers guided tours of the facility. They recommend making a reservation in advance. They also sell books, souvenirs, t-shirts and hats.
Visit their website to learn more and set up a tour: www.neonmuseum.org