Unfinished Business - Fall/Winter - 2017/8 travel blog

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


In 2013 we visited the Neon Museum during the day. I won't repeat the history of signage in Las Vegas or how the lights function again, since I wrote about it then. This historic collection of neon signs from the 1920's to the present felt like a junkyard. A few of the signs had been restored and placed downtown in the Fremont Street area, but there were so many more than were in need of TLC to return them to their former glory. The combination of delicate glass tubing and electronic wiring needed to illuminate it all, suffered greatly in the strong Las Vegas sun and many of these signs were put into landfills as they were replaced by newer signs or different businesses. Because some of the signs are huge since they are meant to illuminate a huge casino building, the museum suffers from a lack of space to exhibit it all properly. In the intervening years a few more signs have been restored so we decided to take the tour again at night and see them as they were meant to be seen on the museum grounds. The boneyard is redolent with memories, even for those of us who only saw Las Vegas in movies. The docent recommended that we watch the local PBS film "Restoration Neon" on YouTube to see how this had been done. When he said that each sign can cost $350,000 to restore, it was hard to believe, but after watching the movie, we could see that this labor of love was a bargain. We found the restoration process fascinating and recommend this film to you. YouTube is a wonderful thing.

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