Friday, May 22, 2009

Viva Las Vegas!

Guess what just turned 50 this month? The world-famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign! Clark County, Nevada commissioned the sign back in May of 1959, and it has remained in place at the southern end of the Strip ever since with just a mimimum of change. Robin and I have probably passed that sign 30 times over the years, but we've never stopped to get a picture. But just this past winter, the county added a dozen parking spaces in the median, so you can be sure that when we visit with the kids this summer, we'll stop and grab a shot or two. The sign has just this week been added to the National Register of Historic Places, and there's now a plaque at the base of the sign to attest to that fact.

To read more about the Vegas sign and it's origins, click here, and to watch a video with the woman who designed it, click here!

Just seeing pictures of this sign gets my heart thumping - I can't wait to go back!

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