where neon signs go to die

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 2000, FL 23mm, 1/160 sec @ f/1.4

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 2000, FL 23mm, 1/160 sec @ f/1.4

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I was in Las Vegas a few months ago, attending the Photoshop World Conference.  Unfortunately, I was only there for the conference and did not have much time to spare.  But an old friend of mine (Thank you, Joe Dallessio!) had told me that I could not, under any circumstances, forego visiting the Neon Boneyard.  He had some wonderful images on Facebook that really intrigued me so I made sure I had time for the visit.

 

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 3200, FL 23 mm, 1/125 sec @ f/ 1.4

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 3200, FL 23 mm, 1/125 sec @ f/ 1.4

 

And WOW!, I’m so glad I did.  The Neon Museum and Boneyard City Park is located at 770 Las Vegas Boulevard North and includes more than 200 signs of which seven have been restored.  The signs are considered by Las Vegas locals, business owners, and government organizations to be not only artistically, but also historically significant to the culture of the city and they serve as inspiration to fascinated artists, students, historians and designers.  Each of the restored signs in the collection holds a story about who created it and why it is so important.  

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 1600, FL 23mm, 1/125 sec @ f/1.4

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 1600, FL 23mm, 1/125 sec @ f/1.4

You cannot roam freely through the boneyard but must take a docent guided hour long tour.  I was afraid that would be restrictive but as it turned out, the information provided by the docent was a wonderful adjunct to my visit.  My tour guide was a college architecture student who was well versed in the unique stories of the signs – the personalities who created them, what inspired them, where and when the sign was made, and the role it played in Las Vegas’ distinctive history.  

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 1600, FL 23 mm, 1/125 sec @ f/2.2

Fujifilm X-Pro2, ISO 1600, FL 23 mm, 1/125 sec @ f/2.2

I timed my visit to the Museum, again thanks to the information given to me by my friend Joe, at twilight.  This was a perfect time to be able to see all the signs in the boneyard while there was still light to see and at the same time, be able to see the wonderful neon glow of the restored signs.  To all my photography friends – if you are ever in the Las Vegas area,  you must include a twilight visit to the Neon Museum.  It is well worth it!

 

About Diana Davidson

Physician, traveler, photographer, tennis player, reader, teacher, student

Comments

  1. These are wonderful! If I ever get back to Vegas, the Boneyard will definitely be on my to do list.

  2. Joe Dallessio says

    These pictures and description are much better than mine! Once again a trip to Vegas with an open mind and a half filled glass can make wonderful memories. The next time I return to Vegas I will revist the Bone Yard.

    Thanks for your view!

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