Saturday, May 14, 2011

Las Vegas' Neon Boneyard Near Completion

KTNV: A Las Vegas landmark is getting a facelift, making it easier for the public to visit. The Neon Boneyard is a place of memories where you can reminisce about the old hotels, motels, and businesses of Sin City's heyday.

While Las Vegas is famous for reinventing itself time after time, what really makes the city stand out is its neon.

"This is unique," says Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. "There's nothing else in the world that has this kind of neon, that has this kind of signage and that really has part of its history and its art form. And I'm very excited about it. I can't wait to have a martini here."

For 20 years, the Neon Boneyard project has been in the works and will be finalized next spring, as soon as the last piece is in place. The lobby of the historic La Concha Inn will serve as the entrance to the Neon Boneyard Museum Visitor's Center. The unique building was created in the 1960s and salvaged by the Neon Museum Organization.

Construction on the visitor's center starts in September. During the groundbreaking, Museum Chairman Bill Marion called the opening of the boneyard another success in the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.

"This is going to be an attraction that brings people downtown. And when they're here, they're going to want to stay longer. It's a real economic tool that this city is going to reap the benefits of for many years."

This time next year the Neon Boneyard with be a fully operational museum, giving everyone a chance to enjoy a little of Las Vegas' past.

The Sahara Hotel-Casino is closing its doors on May 16. No word yet as to whether its iconic sign will be laid to rest in the boneyard but Museum Chairman Bill Marion hopes the casino will consider a donation.

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