Lost City exhibit honors designer of iconic Las Vegas sign

OVERTON, Nevada – The Lost City Museum and Neon Museum in Las Vegas are collaborating on an exhibit honoring the late renowned sign designer Betty Willis, whose creations include the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign.. Willis was born and raised in Overton, home of the Lost City Museum. She died there at age 91 in 2015.

Welcome to Las Vegas sign on the Las Vegas Strip. 11/13/09
She spent much of her professional career designing neon signs at Western Neon in Las Vegas, including the “Fabulous Las Vegas” sign, which she completed in 1959. She never trademarked the sign and often said it was her gift to the city. Among her other designs were signs for the Moulin Rouge Hotel and the Blue Angel Motel. The Lost City exhibit features images of signs in the Neon Museum collection and a limited-edition lithograph of the Welcome sign autographed by Betty Willis and photographer William Hannapple. The Lost City Museum actively engages people in understanding and celebrating Nevada’s natural and cultural heritage. One of seven museums managed by the Nevada Division of Museums and History, an agency of the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs, it is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily at 721 S. Moapa Valley Blvd., Overton. Admission is $5, children 17 and younger and members enter free. Take Interstate 15 north to exit 93. Access is also available from Lake Mead National Recreation Area or the Valley of Fire State Park. For more information, call the museum at (702) 397-2193.