Another name for Vegas is â€œCity of Lightsâ€ â€” probably because there is no shortage of amazing lights throughout the city. In fact, from space, Las Vegas appears as one of the brightest cities on Earth. It is brighter than LA and Tokyo and ALMOST as bright as New York. That MUST be some power bill! The strip takes on a life of its own with the amazing lights lighting the way to fun and excitement. Some of these lights are so iconic, they scream â€œLas Vegasâ€â€¦ one of these is Vegas Vic.
Vegas Vic is seen as an unofficial ambassador of Las Vegas. He was erected in 1951 in front of the Pioneer Club on Fremont Street. At the time of installation (and still) Vic was the largest mechanical neon sign in the WORLD. Yes, the world. He is 40 feet tall and has a waving arm, moving cigarette and at the time had a recording of â€œHowdy Partnerâ€ that called out to Fremont Street revelers every 15 minutes. Sadly, he was silenced in 1966 when actor Lee Marvin was in town filming â€œThe Professionals.â€ The lore is that Marvin was irritated that Vic kept him awake at night with his booming voice so Marvin grabbed a prop bow and arrow from the movie and shot the arrow into Vicâ€™s chest. Thatâ€™s one way to tell someone how you feel. In any case, Executives felt that it was best to silence the big cowboy rather than create any more controversy.
Vic became somewhat of a celebrity over the years and, like all things, fell into disrepair as he got older. But he was restored in the 90â€™s around the same time he got â€œmarriedâ€ to â€˜Vegas Vickieâ€ who was built across from him and they both â€œstarredâ€ in a Miller Lite commercial. He is still one of the most photographed spots in Vegas.
Vic is just one of the many bright spots in Vegas. Come tour with us and you will see all of the amazing things Las vegas and the surrounding areas has to offer.
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