The Neon Boneyard Park in Las Vegas
Next time your in Las Vegas and you’re looking to take a break from the Casinos, you’ve gotta stop by the Neon Boneyard Park. This place is truly a collection of neon signs that capture a story. These signs convey a theme, a place and sign that are business and culture at the same time.
As you take a trip down history road, you can see the signage change as Highways entered the picture. Bigger signs and more lights are what happened as a result.
As the rest of the country moved away from neon because of its high cost and adopting fluorescent lightning instead, you can see that Las Vegas had a love affair with neon. The designs really go to the next level during this period, lights with animations were a regular occurrence on the strip. And because technology at the time relied on mechanical mechanisms to execute these animations, the guide told us stories about people being able to hear the relays go on and off as they walked underneath the signs. I can imagine that sound from outside the casino acting as a lure to invite you and take a pull on one of their slot machines. That clacking of levers and coins being deposited and withdrawn in the background.
I was also surprised to learn that these Neon signs are literally a collection that needs love and care. Some of the signs are left with their battle scars from a life on the strip. While others are restored to better than new condition. The Neon Boneyard even displays recently restored signs around Las Vegas as art pieces for the public to admire.
The Neon Boneyard Park is open Monday through Saturday to the public. I highly recommend you book a tour. The tour guides are really knowledgeable about the history, architecture, and topography contained in these signs.