Meet Tina Balint
Seeing history implode brings her full-circle
My first trip to Las Vegas was a family visit in 1993 to watch the Dunes implosion on the Las Vegas Strip. Thankfully my parents decided to move here the following year and I got to experience all there was to offer kids in Las Vegas in the '90s.
Little did I know that years later I would get married in front of the Bellagio fountains on the former site of the Dunes that I watched tumble down. I later moved away for a few years.
Meanwhile, I started hearing about a 'Neon Boneyard.' On a trip back home to visit in 2007, a friend coordinated a private group tour of the Boneyard. I was in love and knew I had to be a part of it when I moved back home.
In 2010, a year after I moved, I found out the Neon Museum was looking for volunteers and I've been volunteering ever since! I love volunteering here for so many reasons. First, it's an excuse to talk to people about gorgeous signs and Las Vegas history for an hour. On top of it, everyone who works at the museum is great and passionate about their work.
Another thing I love is getting to hear Vegas stories from people from all over the world. I've met former showgirls, amateur neon sign designers, and even people who dined at the famous and now closed Flame Steakhouse at the El Cortez, all because they were on a tour with me.