Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

Mid-century vintage signs

Few signs in the world are as immediately recognizable and iconic as the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.

Located on the median at 5100 S. Las Vegas Blvd. just south of Mandalay Bay, the sign – which is of classic Googie & Atomic Age descent – was designed in 1959 by Betty Willis (Stardust Casino and Moulin Rouge Casino signs, RIP) at the request of a local salesman who then sold it to Clark County.

Similar signs were later installed downtown (in Las Vegas proper) and on Boulder Highway just north of Tropicana, but it’s the “fabulous” original that inspires thousands of tourists each year to stop and take selfies with it on their way to Sin City.

In 2008 a small parking lot was built at its median, and in 2009 the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Visited 7903 times, 2 Visits today

Tagged In Architecture,betty willis,Design,Las Vegas,las vegas sign,MCM,Mid Century Modern,Modernism,neon,Retro,Vintage and welcome to fabulous las vegas

Related Listings

Molasky Building

3111 South Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV, United States

View More Details

Mid-century modern buildings This simple two-story circular building acted as developer Irwin Molasky’s unique base of operations from where he oversaw the 1960s development and construction of his master-planned community,… Read more…

Motor Courts

Various Locations, Las Vegas, NV, United States

View More Details

Mid-century modern buildings/signs In the post-war years, as more families started traveling the United States by automobile,  Las Vegas proved to be a requisite stop along their way. Read more…

Frank Sinatra

Various Addresses, Las Vegas, NV

View More Details

Mid-century popular culture Las Vegas in the 1960s wouldn’t have been the same without Frank Sinatra and his legendary Summit performances with the Rat Pack.  Today, imitation being the sincerest form of… Read more…