Iconic Hilton Sign Bites the Vegas Dust
There’s only one constant in Las Vegas: Bosoms. Oh, and change. Make that two constants. Three, if you count bosoms as two things. Moving on.
Change has come to the iconic Hilton hotel sign, too, as its letters were removed on Dec. 27, 2011. We stopped by to take a look, naturally. We are a Las Vegas blog.
The sign’s coming down because as of Jan. 3, 2012, there will no longer be a Las Vegas Hilton. The hotel is changing its name to LVH (Las Vegas Hotel & Casino).
Executives from the hotel and casino say they’re “extremely excited about the next phase of our journey,” mainly because hotel and casino executives always seem to be extremely excited about one thing or another. Ultimately, the name change is happening because the hotel lost its rights to use the Hilton name. Things happen.
The Las Vegas Hilton has had a long and storied history, much of it we are too lazy to look up. We do know the hotel opened in 1969, and sits on land once occupied by the Las Vegas Park Speedway, a horse and car racing facility.
The Hilton was named the International Hotel when it opened, and Barbra Streisand was the opening-night performer. It survived, anyway. We kid!
Formerly-the-Hilton fact: During a string of record-breaking, sold-out concerts at the hotel, Elvis Presley stayed in room 3000. That’s going to win you money on a game show some day.
It was a tad eery walking among the mammoth letters. You don’t really get a sense of their size when they’re up in the air, but using a very scientific method (“guesstimation”), we’d say the letters are a good 45 feet tall.
We thought the sign’s lettering might make its way to the Neon Boneyard, but reps from the hotel say it’s not to be. The letters are going into storage for the moment.
Learn more about cathodes and how neon signs are made.
Bonus formerly-the-Hilton fact: The hotel appeared as the “Whyte House” casino in the 1971 James Bond classic, “Diamonds Are Forever.”
Here’s a little photo gallery to commemorate the demise of the Hilton sign, an indelible part of Vegas history.
Iconic Hilton Sign Comes Down