Posts Tagged ‘las vegas’

The Neon Boneyard

Sierra Exif JPEG

Prior to taking my first trip to Las vegas, I though it might be fun to try exploring some of the ghost towns in the area. We needed to do research, maybe buy a book or two and certainly get some maps. I figured a museum or place that documented history or nature would be a good place to start, so we headed for the Las Vegas Museum of Natural History. They didn’t have what I wanted but pointed me in the right direction, and it was on the way to that place that we found this neon boneyard. I snapped a few pics over the fence surrounding the facility.

At the time the boneyard was a storage facility for a planned neon museum. The museum has since opened and you can learn about it at their website.

Sierra Exif JPEG

Sierra Exif JPEG

Sierra Exif JPEG

Sierra Exif JPEG

Sierra Exif JPEG

A preservation group is collecting classic Vegas neon signs for a neon museum. The storage facility, known as the Neon Boneyard, is located just outside of town
*

The museum has an outdoor displayed, located (where else?) but in Neonopolis, located in the older part of Vegas. Click here for pictures

The Miss America Statue

The Miss America Pageant is a well known beauty competition (though they now prefer to call it a scholarship competition) that has run since 1921. Before 2006 it was held annually in Atlantic City, NJ. The organization headquarters was located at the Sheraton Hotel at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Bert Parks was the host for the Miss America pageant from 1955 to 1980. His signature song was “There she is” which he sang to the winner each year. He was let go in 1980 when the pageant officials decided he was too old. There was a grew public outcry not just because he was let go, but how he was let go (they mailed him a letter while he was away on vacation). The news got into the press before he got the letter, so he was notified by reporters seeking a quote that he had been fired.

Johnny Carson tried to get him re-reinstated, but it didn’t work. He did make a return appearance in 1990, and he did sing his song during the show (but not to the winner). He also starred in The Freshman in 1990 & sang a parody of “There she is” to the komodo dragon lizard which was to be served to the Gourmet Club members. In 2006 the pagent moved to Las Vegas, and the headquarters moved to Linwood, NJ.

In his honor, a statue was placed outside the hotel near where you valet your car. The statue shows Parks holding holding out a crown. If you stand and put your head in between his hands, he sings “There she is”. Or at least he used to. For several Bert Parks has been quiet. In 2004 I called the Miss America Pageant and got the run around before being told he was being repaired. I have not visited the statue since so I can not say whether the statue is still there or whether it’s been repaired. You can read more about Bert Parks in the biography by PBS

bertparks