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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas
In 1959, Betty Willis created the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign for Clark County, receiving $4,000 for her work. The sign was built by Western Neon. The sign has been moved south on Las Vegas Boulevard several times over the years as growth has continued. Currently it is located just south of Russell Road across from the Klondike Casino just west of McCarran Airport.
Some consider the sign to be the "official" southern end of the Las Vegas Strip. With the sign so far away from the city itself, the City Council erected a "Welcome to Fabulous Downtown Las Vegas" sign shortly after you enter the City of Las Vegas on Las Vegas Boulevard. The image of the sign is featured on the Nevada License Plate that was issued to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the City of Las Vegas in 2005.
The Sign is currently owned by Young Electric Sign Company which still leases it to Clark County. On October 4, 1999 the sign went dark for about a month when the company that had been paying the power bill was bought by another company who decided to not pay the power bill. When the problem was discovered payment of the past due amount, under $60, was made and power was turned back on.
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