Some people say that Las Vegas has no history because city officials are quick to tear down anything that isn’t new, shiny and flashy. If it belongs to yesteryear, then it doesn’t belong in Las Vegas … or so the thought goes.
But everything ends up somewhere, and in Sin City, that place is the Neon Boneyard. Run officially by the non-profit organization that manages the Neon Museum, the Neon Boneyard is the showcase piece of all that has been in the city. Visiting the Neon Boneyard is complicated and requires an advanced reservation of at least two weeks and a required minimum donation of $15.00. Once inside, though, I think it’s easy to understand why it’s worth all the hassle.
It’s in this little corner of Las Vegas that history is stored. Have you ever wondered what happened to the giant genie lamp on the Aladdin, or where the old signs for the Golden Nugget ended up? What about all those motels that have closed, or neon images that have gone out of style and been replaced with something flashier? They’re right here, in all their broken-bulbed glory. Rusty wire, busted glass, falling off bits of metal. This is where Las Vegas comes to die.