Creator Of The Iconic 'Welcome To Las Vegas' Sign Has Died


Welcome to Las Vegas Sign

The designer of one of the icons of Las Vegas, the "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign has died.

Betty Willis, the woman who designed the iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign, has died. She was 91.

Willis died at her home Sunday, according to an obituary on the Virgin Valley & Moapa Valley Mortuaries web site. 

The 91-year-old artist is credited with designing the famed and often mimicked "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" neon sign that has been in a median in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard south of the Strip since 1959. 

The sign has become such a popular photo backdrop that a parking lot for cars and tour buses in the middle of the street was expanded in 2012.

While probably most known for designing the welcome sign, she was also responsible for the signs at the Moulin Rouge, the first integrated casino in Las Vegas, and Blue Angel Motel.


Moulin Rouge
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The Moulin Rouge was the first integrated casino in Las Vegas.


Blue Angel Motel
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Willis also created the sign for the much-photographed Blue Angel Motel

Funeral services are planned for Friday in Overton. 

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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