She came to life in 1980 in downtown Las Vegas. She has lived her whole neon-lit life there. Her nickname has always been Vegas Vickie. Her friends always made sure that you knew her name Vickie was spelled with an “ie not a y” to make herself stand out from all the rest of the scantily clad ladies gracing the famous Fremont Street. As with most young women in the West who had no real future in head of them, she married young. At the age of 14, she was married off to an old cowboy who lived across the street.
This weekend, after 37 years of overlooking the once wild and wonderful street she was born on, Vegas Vickie will light up her neon boots and cowgirl hat, give us that always gleaming white smile one last time. before riding off into the sunset on the back of some flatbed truck. She will be heading for a long overdue and well-deserved beauty makeover and some R&R before searching out a new place to call home. It won’t be easy to find a place that can properly take care of and show off such a unique beauty such as herself. A nice place to hang her hat and still smile that neon smile to all her adoring fans when they visit.
Come Monday, she will ride off into the sunset on the back of some flatbed truck. She will be heading for a long overdue and well-deserved beauty makeover along with some R&R before searching out a new place to call home. It won’t be easy to find a place that can properly take care of and show off such a unique beauty such as herself. A nice place to hang her hat and she can still smile that neon smile to all her adoring fans when they come to visit.
LAS VEGAS – Downtown Las Vegas’ beloved cowgirl, Vegas Vickie, will kick her legs one last time before being lowered from her perch overlooking Fremont Street Experience on Monday, June 12. An iconic piece of Las Vegas history, the neon sign will be taken down as part of the construction for the highly anticipated resort-casino slated to transform the space previously occupied by Las Vegas Club.
“I have always been a big fan of Vickie’s, but we know she’s ready for some much need rest and relaxation,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of the D Las Vegas, Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the upcoming resort project. “We are on the active hunt to find the best home possible for our girl, as she is truly a key part of the Las Vegas story.”
Originally dubbed Sassy Sally after a casino of that name, the sign was created in 1980 by Ad Art’s Jack Dubois and Charles Barnard for Bob Stupak’s Glitter Gulch. She was later called Vegas Vickie, and gained national attention in 1994 when she “married” her neighboring neon cowboy, Vegas Vic, who currently stands over the former Pioneer Club building.
Nevada Stupak, the son of Bob Stupak, said “Vegas Vickie has brought joy to so many people from around the world, and we hope locals and tourists alike will stop by to take a photo with her one last time.”
In 2016, Derek and Greg Stevens acquired three Granite Gaming Group properties, including Topless Girls of Glitter Gulch, Mermaids and La Bayou casinos. Glitter Gulch and Mermaids will be incorporated into their plans for the site of the Las Vegas Club, which will become a new resort-casino concept on the world-famous Fremont Street Experience.
Las Vegas residents are encouraged to pay homage to Vegas Vickie before she saddles up for her next adventure. Along with Vegas Vickie, the letters found in the Las Vegas Club signage will be removed Monday as well.