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Las Vegas in Clark County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Nevada Motel

Circa 1950

 

—Neon Museum —

 
Nevada Motel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 8, 2013
1. Nevada Motel Marker
Inscription. Opened in 1937 at 5th Street (Las Vegas Boulevard) and Garces, the Nevada Motel was the first auto court in Las Vegas to identify itself as a "motel". In its last years in business it operated in conjunction with the Sweetheart Wedding Chapel next door. This sign, dating from around the 1950, was one of several neon signs downtown that immortalized the image of cowboy "Vegas Vic," a character created for the Chamber of Commerce publicity campaign in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Installed as part of the Neon Museum on November 15, 2000.

Owned by the Neon Museum
 
Erected 2000 by Neon Museum.
 
Location. 36° 10.274′ N, 115° 8.537′ W. Marker is in Las Vegas, Nevada, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of East Ogden Avenue and North Casino Center Boulevard (Nevada Route 602), on the right when traveling north on East Ogden Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 295 East Ogden Avenue, Las Vegas NV 89101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Flame Restaurant (within shouting distance of this marker); Neon / Atomic Testing (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); El Portal Theatre
Nevada Motel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 8, 2013
2. Nevada Motel Marker
(about 500 feet away); United States Post Office and Courthouse (about 600 feet away); Fremont Street (about 600 feet away); Chief Hotel Court (about 600 feet away); Block 16 (about 700 feet away); Aladdin's Lamp (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Las Vegas.
 
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Nevada Motel Neon Sign image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 8, 2013
3. Nevada Motel Neon Sign
The Neon Sign at Night image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, June 10, 2008
4. The Neon Sign at Night
Vegas Vic 1951 image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 8, 2013
5. Vegas Vic 1951
Nevada Motel Neon Sign image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, March 8, 2013
6. Nevada Motel Neon Sign
Nevada Hotel 1906 image. Click for full size.
7. Nevada Hotel 1906
Opening to rave reviews, the hotel is described as "first class," with electrical lighting. Room and board cost just $1 per day. Whiskey and gambling are extra. Las Vegas first telephone was installed here. The phone number was "number 1." Founder J.F. Miller is seated in the carriage. The mystery woman in the 2nd-floor doorway is believed to be Rosa, who later would become his bride.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. This page has been viewed 343 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Denise Boose of Tehachapi, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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