It’s Sin City History Time: Vegas Vic

Posted Monday, June 28, 2010 by in Las Vegas Casinos, Things to Do. Comments Off.

Just about everyone on the planet recognizes Las Vegas’ famed cowboy, Vegas Vic. (Yes, he has a name!)

Vegas Vic

Vegas Vic prefers you call him a cowboy, not a cowpoke. We have no idea why.

The 40-foot, neon-adorned statue has greeted Vegas visitors since 1951. He can still be seen under the canopy at the Fremont Street Experience downtown, although Vic’s currently welcoming visitors to a souvenir shop. (The location was formerly a casino, the Pioneer Club.)

But here’s today’s “Did You Know?” Did you know Vic’s iconic sign was inspired by a popular ad campaign comissioned by the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce? In the campaign, Vic wore a blue-checkered shirt, and he welcomed guests with the phrase, “Howdy, Podner!”

Vegas Vic postcard

Vegas Vic debuts on a postcard, circa 1948, whatever "circa" might mean.

Vic was so popular, a sign was commissioned, and the rest is history.

Here’s a bonus “Did You Know?” Did you know that the original sign featured the recording of a voice that announced “Howdy, Podner!” every 15 minutes? Now you know.

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