That A Way Hotel, Elko Neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Hawthorne Neon, Cliff Stone

Photo By: Cliff Stone

Outside Deser-est Motel at Night with neon Motel sign

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Holiday Motel in Elko, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Punk Toad, [Elko]

Copenhagen Bar neon in Sparks, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Wright Motel Neon Sign in Hawthorne, David Gallagher

Photo By: David Gallagher [hawthorne]

Downtown Container Park, Mantis

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Mapes Cowboy Neon Sign, Devon Blunden

Photo By: Devon Blunden

Commercial Casino with neon at night, Elko hotel

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

El Rancho Neon sign in Ely, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Fremont Street

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Club House Neon Sign in Tonopah, Anne Murphy

Photo By: Anne Murphy [tonopah]

Wendover Will Neon Sign with moon, Neil Pas, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Neil Pascual

Griffin Neon Exterior

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Cowboys riding under Reno Arch, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Nevada Historical Society

Neon exterior sign outside Atomic Liquors

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Griddle, Neon, Winnemucca

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Fremont Street

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Animated Neon Sign at Frontier Motel, Nevada Neon, Devil Doll

Photo By: Devil Doll

Grand Central neon sign at night, close up version with one car

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Neon Motel Sign

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Historic shot of downtown Reno neon, Reno Arch

Photo By: Nevada Historical Society

Fremont Street

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Neon, Nevada neon, Scott's Shady Court, Winnemucca Hotel

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Nevada Neon in Elko, Lyle Reynolds Long Exposure Shot

Photo By: Lyle Reynolds

Star neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Neon signs in downtown Reno, historic sites

Photo By: Nevada Historical Society

Scott's Shady Court Neon, Nevada Neon, Winnemucca Hotel, Neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Photo By: Neon Museum

Wendover Will Neon Sign with detail, John Scrantz, Nevada Neon

Photo By: John Schrantz

Sandman's Automobile Neon, Nevada Neon, Devil Doll

Photo By: Devil Doll [Reno]

Historic scene of downtown Reno with Reno Arch, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Nevada Historical Society

The Light Circus Neon sign, Gambler in Wells, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Eric Lynxwiler

Neon Museum, Las Vegas

Photo By: Neon Museum

Fremont Street Neon

Photo By: Paul Kamberis

Chris Sault, That A Way Hotel, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Chris Sault

Mamitas Neon Sign, Fremont Street, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Stuart Skalka

Silver City Motor Lodge neon, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Boulder City Theater, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Sydney Martinez

Vegas Vic detail, Ira Serkes, Nevada Neon

Photo By: Ira Serkes

THAT NEVADA NEON, THOUGH

By SYDNEY MARTINEZ | April 2015
Updated: September 2019

THAT NEVADA NEON, THOUGH | SYDNEY MARTINEZ

We’re pretty sure that it’s no surprise to everyone that Las Vegas is home to all the flashy, glittering things known to mankind, sure to send any visitor into sensory overloaded bliss and we're here for it. But, we’re going to go ahead and throw this out there: a lot of the authentic, original neon in Vegas has slowly been replaced over the years with backlit signs or flashing bulbs and is no longer genuine neon. Not even the real stuff anymore?! GASP! Get all up in in this one-of-a-kind show stopping environment, get your fill of limitless entertainment, and live it up. But, to get your fix of some REAL neon—we're talkin' the good stuff tucked off the beaten path for the last handful of decades—hightail it to Hawthorne, Reno, Ely or Elko. With endless examples of extraordinary signage buzzing from all corners of the state, just do us a favor and don't take our word for it. These summer nights in the Nevada desert are heavenly and only last so long, so seize the moment and get out there on some unforgettable #NVRoadTrips to grab onto these buzzing beauts for yourself. #WeirdNevada

El Capitan in Hawthornephoto courtesy Cliff Stone

Centre Motel in Elko

Deser-est Motel in Ely

Holiday Motel in Elkophoto courtesy PunkToad

Copenhagen Bar in Sparks

Wright Motel in Hawthornephoto courtesy David Gallagher

The Downtown Container Park in Las Vegas

Neon Cowboys from The Mapes sign [currently housed in a private collection]

The Commercial Casino in Elko

El Rancho Motel in Ely

Fremont East in downtown Las Vegas

The Club House in Tonopahphoto courtesy Anne Murphy

 Wendover Will in West Wendoverphoto courtesy Neil Pas

The Griffin Bar on Fremont East

Cowboy's under the first installment of the Reno Arch—photo courtesy the Nevada Historical Society

Atomic Liquors on Fremont Street

The Griddle Restaurant in Winnemucca

El Cortez Hotel & Casino in downtown Las Vegas

Frontier Motel in Carson Cityphoto courtesy Devil Doll

Grand Central Motel in Ely

Desertest Motel in Ely

The second installation of the Reno Arch [among other neon]—photo courtesy Nevada Historical Society

Cowboy from the former Hacienda sign in Las Vegas, now displayed at the Fremont Street Experience

Scott Shady Court Motel in Winnemucca

Fueling Station in Elyphoto courtesy Lyle Reynolds

The Star Hotel in Elko

Historic photo of neon in downtown Renophoto courtesy Nevada Historical Society

Scott Shady Court Motel in Winnemucca

The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegasphoto courtesy The Neon Museum

Wendover Will in West Wendoverphoto courtesy John Schrantz

The Sandman Motel in Renophoto courtesy Devil Doll

The first installation of the Reno Arch [among other neon]—photo courtesy the Nevada Historical Society

The El Rancho in Wells [currently housed in a private collection]—photo courtesy Eric Lynxwiler

The Neon Boneyard in Las Vegasphoto courtesy The Neon Museum

The Fremont Street Experiencephoto courtesy M3phistos

The Centre Motel in Elkophoto courtesy Chris Sault

Mamitas Restaurant in Las Vegasphoto courtesy Stuart

Silver Dollar Motor Lodge in Reno

Historic Boulder Theater in Boulder City

Vegas Vic at the Fremont Street Experiencephoto courtesy Ira Serkes

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