Photo: James Marvin Phelps, Welcome Sign
On our list of places to visit: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, located on the median of Las Vegas Boulevard in unincorporated Clark County, just south of the Russell Road exit on Interstate 15. Always open and free to access.
The sign reads “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada” on the front and “Drive Carefully” and “Come Back Soon” on the back.
Some consider the sign to be the official southern end of the Las Vegas Strip.
The landmark was erected in 1959 and was placed on U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2009.
In 2007, Las Vegas built another sign on the Boulder Highway.
Artist Betty Willis intended to design a sign that was unique in its shape, style and content. Legend has been written that Willis considered this her gift to the city and wanted it to be in the public domain. Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) currently owns the sign, which leases to Clark County. The sign has never been copyrighted; this has resulted in the image being ubiquitous on Las Vegas souvenirs.
There's something new at our "Welcome to Fabulous Las #Vegas" sign – a plaque was just installed detailing the landmark's story and its place on the National Register or Historic Places. #ClarkCounty pic.twitter.com/hWEyyg2UJn
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) August 22, 2018