March is National Women's History Month, and to honor the occasion, the Neon Museum is updating its regularly scheduled Neon Boneyard tours to include notable facts about Las Vegas’ most interesting and influential women.
Now, visitors will hear not only about the history of neon signage in Las Vegas and the various hotels, developers and entertainers associated with them, but also additional information spotlighting the contributions of Las Vegas’ female city founders, business owners and politicians.
Examples of historic female figures to be featured on Neon Boneyard tours include:
- At the Golden Nugget “1905” sign, which commemorates the year Las Vegas was founded, hear how Helen J. Stewart’s sale of her ranch to William A. Clark, proved instrumental in the establishment of Las Vegas. Stewart was the city’s first postmaster, first woman elected to the school board and first woman to serve on a jury.
- At the Moulin Rouge sign, learn how trailblazing woman sign designer Betty Willis made significant contributions to Las Vegas’ visual landscape. (She would go on eventually to design the iconic “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign currently on the Las Vegas Strip.)
- At the sign for the Coin Castle King, built on the site of the Northern Club, learn how Mayme Stocker received Las Vegas’ first legal gaming license.
The Neon Museum is open seven days a week. Its La Concha visitors’ center is open daily 30 minutes before the first tour of the day and closes 30 minutes after the last tour departs. Tours are available daily throughout March beginning at 10 a.m. Daytime tours of the Neon Museum are $18; night tours are $25.