Even the most glittering Las Vegas icons eventually face fates as fickle as one-armed bandits. The Stardust, Desert Inn, Sahara and other hotels that put that put Sin City on the 1950s map have fallen. They took with them most reminders of an era when Elvis, Liberace and the Rat Pack ruled. Not all of vintage Las Vegas, however, is lost. Visitors to the Neon Museum, aka The Boneyard, can wander through a 3-acre display that once shed flashing neon lights on the city’s early intrigues. The more than 150 signs' chronological arrangement reflects life in Las Vegas between the 1930s and 1960s. Used car lot, wedding chapel and speakeasy signs mix with Treasure Island's discarded skull and crossbones and the Aladdin's gold lamp. Also in the Boneyard at 821 North Las Vegas Boulevard is the La Concha Motel lobby, a 1961 parabolic, glass-and-concrete structure with Sydney Opera House pretensions. The remodeled lobby will serve as the Museum’s visitor center when the entire complex opens in 2012. Until then, volunteer-led Boneyard tours take place twice a day. The $15 tickets require reservations at least two weeks in advance.
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