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Jul 08, 2021

Thanks to the Centennial Commission, our historic preservation officer and our Operations and Maintenance team, the Blue Angel is once again watching over Las Vegas.

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The 15-foot iconic statue dates back to 1957 and The Blue Angel Motel. It was created by famous Las Vegan Betty Willis, who also designed the Welcome To Las Vegas sign in the 1950s. 

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The motel was demolished in 2015, but the neon sign and statue remained untouched until they were removed for refurbishment in 2017. In March 2020, The Blue Angel was officially returned to the neighborhood that she reigned over for more than 60 years.

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The Blue Angel is a cherished part of our history. She was a waypoint for years and now she will now be a permanent fixture near the five points area of the eastside near where Charleston/Fremont/Eastern intersect. It was the marker for the turnaround point near Charleston and Fremont when young people would cruise Fremont before it was closed to vehicle traffic in the 1990s.

Centennial Grants, funded directly through proceeds from the Centennial license plate have supported many projects in our community from the Mob Museum to the Neon Museum and more. Learn more about the grants that are preserving our city’s history. 

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