Photo Essay: The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegas

After so many trips to Vegas, I finally made it to The Neon Boneyard. At this special place in the outer edges of old Vegas, visitors pay their respects to the glorious signs of Vegas Past. 

The following images were taken with the new Lumia 1520. 

The Neon Boneyard

The Neon Boneyard is only part of the Neon Museum, a non-profit organization founded in 1996. The group's mission is to collect and preserve iconic Las Vegas signs for educational, historic, and cultural enrichment. Tour guides volunteer their time, sharing stories and caring for these old beauties. Our tour guide, Dottie, lovingly retold so many behind-the-scenes stories that were just as interesting as the signs themselves. Since I wouldn't be doing them any justice, I'll only be retelling a few tidbits and sharing these images. You're just going to have to get out to Vegas to hear the stories from Dottie yourself. 

Driving up to the entrance of the museum, you'll see a sign made from familiar remnants of other signs. Can you guess where each piece is from?

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The first signs of light in Vegas were aglow in 1905 at the Golden Nugget. See the nugget in the middle? Yeah... looks like a different kind of "nugget."

Original Golden Nugget Sign 1905.jpg
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Sahara at The Neon Boneyard.jpg
The Algiers at The Neon Boneyard.jpg
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I'll end this photo essay with my favorite.

The letters from the original Moulin Rouge sign were jumbled around to spell something else. Standing on the far side of the giant letters, it's really hard to make out the words they created. But then you start walking past it, and just like that, you see that you're "in love." Apparently, this is a popular spot for couples to have their wedding pictures taken.

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Needless to say, I was in love with this tour. I'm dying to return to not only take more pictures of signs I missed, but at a different time of day to see how the signs I did capture will look under different light.

If you're ever in Vegas, do yourself a favor and make a reservation to visit.