Glimpses of the Las Vegas sign boneyard

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Carol Highsmith is a talented and prolific photographer, who donated more than 100,000 photographs to the US Library of Congress. Her collection features pictures taken from all over the country, and she also has chosen to highlight “Disappearing America.”

Here are a few of Ms Highsmith’s photos of old lighted signs in Las Vegas — all taken at the Neon Museum sign boneyard some time between 1980 and 2006.

According to the museum: “The Neon Museum collection boasts over 150 donated and rescued signs. The core of this collection is contained in the Neon Museum Boneyard, a rambling park approximately two acres in size. Signs featured date from the late 1930s through the early 90s and represent motels, local businesses, and celebrated casino resorts from throughout the Las Vegas Valley. While the Boneyard is not electrified, the photogenic collection offers a glimpse into the storied past of Las Vegas and its most memorable art form.

Palm tree, Landmark sign, W signs in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Landmark Hotel in Paradise, Nevada, opened in July 1969 and closed permanently in August 1990. Some of the stars who played there include Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and Danny Thomas.

Nevada sign


Sassy Sally’s sign

Binion’s Horseshoe Casino signs


Other casino signs… and a headless gnome

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