Whether you’re a first-time visitor or a long-time Vegas vet, the ‘Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas’ sign is a source of hope, happiness and good times. The feeling you get from seeing it is pure fabulous-ness! But have you ever wondered why it was created? Or even when?
Betty Willis, one of the first female commercial artists to work on neon signs, designed the now landmark in 1959. This was the same time Paul Anka, Johnny Horton, and Bobby Darin were at the top of the music charts! Willis attended art school and after graduation, found work creating ads for local casinos. She was approached by local businessman Ted Rogich who thought the city needed its own flashy sign to advertise itself amidst all the great entertainment and casinos in the area… read more >