Roberta's Las Vegas Real Estate Blog: Las Vegas Sign

Las Vegas Sign

Everyone who visits Las Vegas, sees the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign. It is a popular spot for tourists, locals and celebrities, to have a photo shoot. Did you ever think about who designed that sign? In 1959, Betty Willis, who was working at Western Neon, came up with the design.
 
When the sign was completed, Willis sold it to Clark County for $4000 and the sign was placed on the south end of the strip where it has been welcoming visitors ever since. She never copyrighted the sign, because she wanted it to be used freely and she wanted to do something to help attract tourists to Las Vegas. All these years, she has never seen any income from her popular and well known design.
 
Willis will finally be seeing some cash for her famous design from almost 50 years ago. She recently autographed prints of the sign, which will be available this month at Jack Gallery at the Venetian and Mandalay Bay. The image was taken by image photographer Bill Hannapple in 1998. He will also be autographing the image. Read the story here.
 
So, next time you visit Las Vegas and see the famous sign, think of Betty Willis, the original designer, who was the artist behind this popular design.
 
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Comment balloon 13 commentsRoberta LaRocca • April 20 2008 11:30AM

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Roberta, nice ThemThem to Betty, interesting info.
Posted by * Rate A Home (Rate A Home) over 10 years ago
I saw the story on tv a while back....we don't think of the person behind signs and stuff until it becomes ...famous :) WooHoo to Betty!
Posted by Celeste "SALLY" Cheeseman, (RA) AHWD CRS ePRO OAHU HAWAII REAL ESTATE (Liberty Homes) over 10 years ago
That is a cool story.  It's the one "old" thing in vegas that seems to stay around.  They blow up everything else!
Posted by Bo Buchanan (Kettley Realtors) over 10 years ago
Roberta~ what a fun post, I love learning about background info.  My brother lives right outside Las Vegas, so next time I visit I'll think of the story behind it.
Posted by Lisa Ryan, Selling Princeton,West Windsor and Montgomery Town (Callaway Henderson Sotheby's International Realty) over 10 years ago

Duane: Thanks for the invite to the Them Them group!

Sally:  That is true, we don't think of the people behind stuff.

Bo:  I think the sign will be around a long, long time.

Lisa: You can share the story with your brother next time you come to Vegas!

Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

Of course I did not know that, thanks! next trip i will get a photo with it!

BTW: your BLOG looks great, you did a nice job on the banner!

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Posted by Charles McDonald, REALTOR®, Blogger, Principal Broker®, Owner (Charlottesville Real Estate Solutions) over 10 years ago
Charles:  I look forward to seeing your photo!  Glad you like my new BLOG look!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
That is awesome..never even stopped to think about it..thanks for sharing..now the next time I am out there I will look at that sign alittle differently
Posted by Mary Lou Teague, Home Style and Staging Knoxville. TN (HOME STYLE AND STAGING LLC ) over 10 years ago
Mary Lou:  You can think of Betty next time you see the sign.
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
Nice post. Didn't know who designed the sign. Now one can put a name with that distinctive piece of artwork.
Posted by Robert L. Brown, Grand Rapids Real Estate Bellabay Realty, West Mic (www.mrbrownsellsgr.com) over 10 years ago
Robert:  Glad you enjoyed the info!
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago
A definite landmark, love your Elvis dog too, very funny.
Posted by Cindy Bryant, "Houston Home Staging Pros" (Redesign Etc. Home Staging) over 10 years ago
Cindy:  Yes it is a landmark.  Glad you like my Elvis dog! :)
Posted by Roberta LaRocca, REALTOR®, Broker, Salesperson, Property Management (Simply Vegas Real Estate) over 10 years ago

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