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The Woman Behind The Sign

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Whether you have been to Las Vegas or not, you surely have seen the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. It has an interesting history.

In 1959, Ted Rogich, who owned the Western Neon Company commissioned Betty Willis to create the sign. She died last year. The price was a mere $4000.

What’s unusual is that the sign was never copyrighted so there are all types of jewelry, photos, and trinkets, that display this sign royalty free.
In 2009 it was placed in the National Register of Historic Places.

In the past many people probably came close to getting killed while posing in front of the sign. It is located about 1/4 mile south of Mandalay Bay right in the Center of Las Vegas Blvd.

With great wisdom leaders built a parking area in front of the sign where visitors can safely park and pose for photos. Many times Elvis will be right there to pose with those who want “The King’ in their photo.

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Some more info and videos here.

Here’s 15 things you may not know about the sign. Read them here.

 

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