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'"Welcome to Las Vegas" Sign

 

Since 1959, the "Welcome to Las Vegas" Sign has become the icon for the city.  For years, cars and limousines stopped on the dirt median or in the traffic lane to take photos and visitors risked the hazzards of speeding traffic on the south Strip.   

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In December, 2008, a parking area was opened that made it safer for people to stop and photograph the sign--creating a small park on the median of Las Vegas Blvd. 

 
 

The parking area includes twelve spaces for cars, two handicap parking spaces, and two spots for buses. 

 
  

In late May 2007, the "W" was burned out on the welcome sign.  The blemish didn't stop people from parking on the median to have their pictures taken with the sign in the background. 

  

The welcome sign as it appeared in 2007; by 2011, a new sign was installed and is now featured on the Neon Paradise.Com Home Page. 

 

The other side of the sign seen by visitors leaving Las Vegas.

 

 

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