This morning, Vegas Vickie – the iconic kicking cowgirl neon sign who welcomed guests from near and far to the world-famous Fremont Street Experience – was lowered from her perch overlooking Downtown Las Vegas.
Her removal is an early phase of construction for a new resort-casino project that will transform the west end of Downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street by developer Derek Stevens.
Stevens’ journey in Downtown Las Vegas began with transforming the former Fitzgerald’s property into the D Las Vegas, and giving Golden Gate – Vegas’ most historic casino – its first major expansion. He purchased land occupied by Las Vegas Club casino in 2014 to continue his vision of revitalizing the west side of Fremont Street Experience and later acquired Granite Gaming Group properties in 2016. The land for these properties will be used in the development of Downtown Las Vegas’ first resort-casino to be built from the ground up in decades.
“I love Downtown Las Vegas and want to continuously introduce new and exciting entertainment to our visitors,” said Stevens. “We’re experiencing a modern renaissance in this part of our city, and Vegas Vickie’s departure allows us to move forward with creative concepts and projects. But don’t worry, this won’t be the last you see of her.”
About Vegas Vickie
In 1980 a neon sign, depicting a cowgirl in a fringed outfit seated with one leg kicking outward, was erected across Fremont Street. Originally dubbed Sassy Sally after a casino of that name (now Mermaids), she is currently known as Vegas Vickie and advertises the Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club. Vegas Vic and Vickie were “married” in a 1994 ceremony during construction of the Fremont Street Experience. – Wikipedia
About Vegas Vic
Vegas Vic is a Las Vegas, Nevada neon sign that resembles a cowboy that was erected on the exterior of The Pioneer Club in Las Vegas in 1951. The sign was a departure in graphic design from typeface based neon signs, to a friendly and welcoming human form of a cowboy. The sign’s human-like abilities of talking and waving its arm constituted an immediate acceptance as the unofficial welcoming sign reproduced thousands of times over the years and all over the world. The trademark is currently owned by Pioneer Hotel, Inc. which owns and operates the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall in Laughlin, Nevada. The sign can still be found at 25 E Fremont Street, where he has been since 1951 on the exterior of what used to be The Pioneer Club but is currently a souvenir shop. Pioneer Hotel, Inc. is the owner of the Pioneer Hotel and Gambling Hall along the Colorado River in Laughlin, Nevada that has a twin of the Vegas Vic image on another large sign referred to as River Rick. – Wikipedia