The tour began with an ominous note: “If your idea of a good time is walking through the scorching desert among peeling lead paint; jagged, rusty metal; and shards of broken glass, this is the tour for you.” Welcome to the Boneyard, also known as the Las Vegas Neon Museum.

If These Signs Could Talk…

Las Vegas in the 40s, 50s and 60s was as wild and woolly as anything ever seen in the American West. The Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) was the primary sign maker of the era. With clients such as mobster Bugsy Segal and early gambling baron Bill Binion, you did not want to make them unhappy. Every five years or so, each casino would demand an upgrade to bigger, brighter and more garish. The old sign would get tossed into the desert boneyard just north of downtown. Now that boneyard is open to lovers of post modern signage as the Las Vegas Neon Museum. I was fortunate to see this wonder during a trip to Vegas in May. Please enjoy my photo diary below.

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