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Neon Boneyard - Las Vegas, Nevada

The neon-lit night sky of Las Vegas is one of the iconic sights of the 20th century. It is the peculiar mix of the burlesque, kitsch, and retro modern that has marked the visual identity of an age.

Many of the most recognizable neon displays from the golden age of Las Vegas casinos have been produced by Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO). This Salt Lake City based company has for decades maintained a storage yard in Las Vegas. This 3 acre plot has over the years become a veritable boneyard of disused neon signs. It is the final resting place of some notable pieces of Vegas history, like the original Aladdin’s lamp from the first version of Aladdin Casino, Binion’s Horseshoe, Silver Slipper and the Golden Nugget.

There are over 150 decommissioned non-restored neon signs on this location. This collection is in process of being incorporated into Las Vegas Neon Museum.

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