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End of a Vegas Era: Imperial Palace Signs Come Down

Last updated: November 13, 2014 at 1:46 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Casinos, Las Vegas Hotels, The LINQ. 2 Comments on End of a Vegas Era: Imperial Palace Signs Come Down.

The Imperial Palace, one of the more iconic hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, is rapidly transforming into The Quad, and a very visible sign of that transition has to do with, well, the signs. Specifically, they’re coming down.

A number of signs have been removed recently, including more than a few IPs.

Imperial Palace signs

Farewell, inappropriate bathroom humor.

Yesterday, removal of the hotel’s largest sign began.

Imperial Palace

It's all fun and games until somebody loses an "i."

The gigantic undertaking of removing the Imperial Palace’s signs is being done by intrepid workers from YESCO (Young Electric Sign Company), whose jobs this blog absolutely doesn’t want because we have a thing about heights.

Imperial Palace

May we just say, "Aieeee!"

Because of the size and weight of the letters, each is prepared and lowered individually. From what we could see, it takes about an hour for each letter to be removed.

The neon tubing has to be removed from inside the metal letters. Lines are attached to the tops of the letters to support them on the way down, and others are used to keep the letters from bumping into the building on the way down. Safety first, of course.

Imperial Palace

Oh, all right, you're allowed one final, "p"-related joke, for old times' sake. We can wait.

All traces of the Imperial Palace name will be removed by Dec. 21, 2012. Everything. From the chips to the napkins to the door handles, everything. Next, we all get to practice calling it The Quad. You’ll live.

This is definitely the end of an era on The Strip, mainly because it sounds super dramatic, and Vegas is all about drama.



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  1. MILT HEGER

    I BUILT THESE LETTERS AT GULBRANSEN NEON IN ’79 OR ’80. THEY ARE 22′ TALL AND THE FIRST LARGE SIGN/LETTERS I EVER BUILT.

  2. Emma Trotter

    That’s a really cool fun fact!