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In pictures: Vintage neon in Las Vegas’ Fremont Street

Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street

Fremont Street is the centre of old Las Vegas. Situated north of the Strip, this area was home to the first casinos and as well as Las Vegas’ first hotel, telephone and even its first paved street. But as the Strip grew and more casinos set up there, the heart of Las Vegas shifted and Fremont Street was left behind. It’s recently been redeveloped into the ‘Fremont Street Experience’, pedestrianising the street and adding a huge ceiling screen which plays hourly light shows. But you can still see some of the original neon signs for casinos like Binions and the Golden Nugget here. Other original neon signs have been preserved as part of the Neon Museum. They have fifteen different vintage signs on display near Fremont Street, as well as a neon boneyard museum where you can see hundreds of others that have been rescued.

Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street
Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street
Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street
Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street
Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street
Vintage neon signs in Old Las Vegas, Fremont Street

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  1. For someone who’s been to Vegas numerous times, I can’t believe I’ve never actually walked through Fremont! It’s refreshing to see “vintage” Vegas in photos. It makes me wonder if it was as popular as it is now

    April 29, 2013
    • It was quite a contrast from the Strip, surprisingly relaxed in the daytime but quite manic at night. I really liked the vintage signs and things though, you could almost imagine what 50s Vegas was like.

      April 30, 2013
  2. Ohhh another side of Las Vegas!! Love it!! great pics!

    April 29, 2013
    • Thanks, I love vintage style so knew I had to go and find some while I was in Vegas!

      April 30, 2013
  3. I love neon! I think I should take some inspiration and get something similar for my lounge – maybe they have an old rescued one going spare? …

    May 1, 2013
    • That’d be brilliant, I have the perfect spot right above my fireplace – will have to go back with a bigger suitcase next time!

      May 1, 2013
  4. Did you go to the Neon Boneyard?

    May 5, 2013
    • We didn’t manage to make it out there this time but I have seen some great photos taken in the Boneyard – next time for sure!

      May 6, 2013
  5. Now this I love 🙂

    May 5, 2013
    • Thanks Madhu, I love typography so the vintage fonts and signs were great.

      May 6, 2013
  6. I think your blog will be instrumental in enriching any future visits to Vegas enormously. With teenagers in tow, I have always ended up waiting in line for thrill rides and horrible all you can eat diners. Next trip I am going to take charge and do it the Luce way. 😉

    May 30, 2013
    • I was determined to find the interesting bits of Vegas as that whole gambling/overeating/rides bit is so not me! There are definitely some unusual and different things to see but you do have to look a bit harder for them than you do in other places. Though when it all got too much I just retreated to the pool with a book as I so rarely do the lazy holiday bit it was a good excuse!

      May 30, 2013
  7. Great Photos…

    June 8, 2013
    • Thanks, I love the whole vintage style typography so was in photo heaven here!

      June 10, 2013
  8. I love neon lights! I think this would be the main attraction for me in Las Vegas rather than the gambling etc etc. Beautiful photos!

    August 23, 2013
    • It was my favourite part of Vegas too – reminded me of being in a film set from the 1950s!

      August 26, 2013

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