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.

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