The Neon Museum and Station Casinos held a ceremonious unveiling of newly acquired Palace Station Hotel & Casino signs, which are now on display in the museum’s new Boulevard Gallery exhibit and event space. Generously donated by Station Casinos, the signs were retired as part of a property-wide modernization (Photo credit: Courtney Carroll / Neon Museum).
Photo credit: Nate Ludens / Neon Museum.
“We are grateful to Station Casinos for making the decision to give these signs to the museum, ensuring the public will be able to enjoy them for years to come,” said Rob McCoy, president and chief executive officer, Neon Museum. “Collectively and individually, they make spectacular additions to our new Boulevard Gallery space.”
Photo credit: Courtney Carroll / Neon Museum.
Frank Fertitta, Jr., originally opened what would become Palace Station on July 1, 1976, as The Casino, a 5,000-square-foot facility which offered 110 slot machines, five blackjack tables and a snack bar just west of the Las Vegas Strip. Envisioned as a casino for locals, The Casino was an instant success and quickly evolved into Bingo Palace.
By 1983, the property had expanded numerous times, offering a full array of gaming, entertainment and dining amenities. Fertitta sought to rename the property to complement a new theme—he had selected “trains”—and enlisted his loyal customers to “name the casino” with a contest that garnered 26,000 entries. Las Vegan Claire Jarvis’ submission of “Palace Station” was selected as the winner. Introduced that same year, the signs now on view at the Neon Museum adorned the exterior of Palace Station. They provided instantly recognizable features of the property’s train theme for the ensuing 30-plus years.
“Station Casinos is proud that this cherished part of the company’s history will be preserved at the Neon Museum,” said Lori Nelson, vice president, corporate communications, Station Casinos.
Fast Facts About The Palace Station Signs
- The “Nevada Southern #9” train being donated was one of eight “trains” that adorned the exterior of the casino
- Approximate weight 1,800 lbs.
- Approximately 8 feet wide by 17 feet tall
- The train itself is largely constructed of formed sheet metal. The wheels are fiberglass with wood backing. This sign is mounted on a steel frame for display.
Palace Station Letters:
- P & S are each approximately 5 feet 5 inches tall
- ALACE TATION are each approximately 4 feet 4 inches tall
- When the letters were installed at Palace Station, they measured approximately 50 feet in total length.
- The letters are surrounded by approximately 322 linear feet of exposed neon and 975 cold cathode lamps. The lamps were converted from the original incandescent lamps in 2008.
- Station Casinos commissioned YESCO, the leading manufacturer of electric signs, to carefully dismantle the signage from the casino to prepare it for its new home at the Neon Museum.
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