Lariat Motel sign brought back to life

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 11/02/2013 8:16 am
Fallon, NV (KRNV & -- The 1955 Lariat Motel sign in Fallon was brought back to life tonight, October 31, 2013.

Starting in 1955 the iconic neon sign stood along Highway 50, welcoming Lariat Motel guests and greeting Fallon residents as they passed through town. When the Lariat Motel was torn down in 2005, the owners Ray and Dee Dee Ferguson said they couldn't imagine the sign being gone too, "Signs like this are sought after and it was just important to us to keep it here at home."

The Ferguson's donated the historic piece to the Churchill Arts Council, where it will shine bright for years to come. Executive Director of the Churchill Arts Council says, "It's such an iconic piece of neon art from that particular era. It's a really important symbol of that era, because it's intact, it's beautiful, it's got colors in it that are no longer even available in contemporary signage."

Tonight's lighting of the Lariat Motel sign was one of the first Nevada 150 Commission events of the year. October 31, 2013 marks the 149th birthday of Nevada as well as the kick off to the year long celebration of Nevada's sesquicentennial.
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