The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas can be found on the Las Vegas Strip south of Russell Road. This sign was first erected in the year 1959 and can be viewed when driving from Mandalay Bay. The sign was actually designed by a women by the name of Betty Willis. Below are a few surprising and interesting facts about the sign.
The Designer Was A Woman
A commercial artist named Betty Willis who had studied art in the city of Los Angeles was chosen to create this neon sign that she gained inspiration from S.R Whitehead her father. During this time the men still took control of the technical areas in regards to their knowledge in electricity and engineering know-how.
Betty Willis Recently Passed Away
Betty Willis at the age of 91 died in April 2015. She paid her very last visit to the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas in the year 2013 for a 90th birthday celebration that included visiting this Neon Museum.
The Sign Was Never Trademarked
Willis failed to copyright her design and chose rather to give the design in the form of a gift to Las Vegas. If she had decided to copyright the sign she could have made a lot of money from the design.
This Sign Is Small When Compared To The Majority Of Other Las Vegas Neon Signs
The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign only stands at 25 feet. Other neon signs renowned in Las Vegas like the Vegas Vic neon sign stands at about 40 feet. However, Willisí sign may lack in its size but it sure makes this up in its uniqueness, shape, style and content.
The Sign Was Duplicated Twice
This sign can be seen in more than just the original location. In 2007, Las Vegas as a city decided to erect a duplicate in the area of Las Vegas Boulevard and then the city made a decision to erect another sign on the Boulder Highway also in 2007.
In The First Years After The Sign Was Erected It Was Not Safe To Take Photos Next To This Neon Design
This is due to that the sign was first erected in the center of the road and the missing parking and curbs made it a very difficult task for tourists or visitors to get up close to the sign. This resulted in a decision to make it safer for visitors and tourists by constructing a 12 car parking-lot. This improved safety and made it accessible even for disabled people to get a picture next to this iconic landmark.
This Display Was Made From An Idea Of A Salesman
Ted Rogich the owner of the Western Neon Co and a local salesman in Las Vegas got his idea when visiting the city signs. He wondered at this stage why there were no signs that actually display Las Vegas itself. He then commissioned Betty Willis the artist to design and create a sign and the rest is now history.