Where do all the old neon signs go when they die?
Some of the most spectacular neon signs ever seen are or have been in Las Vegas. And where do they go when they are replaced?
To the Neon Sign Boneyard in Las Vegas, of course. You didn't know about this? Las Vegas is home to some of the most renowned casinos in the world. Places like Judi Bola, that get a huge amount of people to visit everyday. They affect the economy of the entire state actually, and some are so old that their sign hold a sentimental and/or historical value.
Here you find the old neon signs that were outside casinos that have long since gone. The boneyard is a fantastic commentary on the culture and architecture of Las Vegas from its early days in the 1920's. Many of these signs came from Fremont Street... the old Las Vegas.
Originally, the Neon Boneyard encompassed three acres. Now an acre of that space is being used to make The Neon Boneyard Park, which is scheduled to open in December, 2010. Along with benches, tables, a stage, informational kiosks and a parking area, there will be a giant sign that welcomes visitors featuring replicas of letters from iconic casino signage.
The remaining two acres form a divided rectangular parcel. Half of the space makes up The Neon Boneyard, which reopened on Sept. 1, 2010 About 120 signs have been returned there. They comprise the curated collection. The other half of the space will serve as a staging area for commercial photographers and videographers.
Here's Arzan Sam Wadia's Neon Sign Boneyard photo collection on FLickr
If you want to visit the Neon Museum in Las Vegas, here is their web site