The star, donated by the Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley Fan Club, was originally part of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.
LAS VEGAS (June 2018) – The Neon Museum announces the recent installation of Elvis Presley’s star on its Electric Promenade donor’s walk, which leads from the La Concha visitor’s center to the main Neon Museum Boneyard. The star was donated to the Neon Museum by the Viva Las Vegas Elvis Presley Fan Club in 2015.
Created as part of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in front of the now-demolished Riviera Hotel & Casino, the Elvis star was sponsored by the Viva Las Vegas Club in 2008. The club raised the required $15,000 to fund its induction into the Walk of Stars with donations coming from fans, fan clubs, tribute performers and friends of Elvis from the United States, Europe, Brazil and elsewhere. Installed on Sept. 26, 2008, the star reads: “Elvis Presley – A Legendary Performer, Singer/ Actor/ Humanitarian – Las Vegas.” The star came with official certificates and a plaque, which were given to the Graceland archives in January 2009. The star’s plaque was originally on display inside Graceland’s trophy room.
When the Riviera’s sidewalk portion of the Las Vegas Walk of Stars was dismantled in early 2015, the Viva Las Vegas Club received possession of the Elvis star. Since this star was slightly damaged, a new star was created and reinstalled along the Walk of Stars. Members decided to donate the original star to a Las Vegas organization that would preserve its history while giving the public an opportunity to see it. They selected the Neon Museum as an ideal location for the star’s reinstallation, and the museum’s board of directors happily accepted the donation. The museum is also home to several retired signs from the Riviera.
“We are grateful for the Viva Las Vegas Club’s support of the Neon Museum’s mission and vision—to collect, preserve and display Las Vegas’ fabulous history for years to come,” said Brenda Bogue, director of development, Neon Museum. “It’s an honor to be able to celebrate Elvis Presley, a global entertainer who also happens to be a beloved Las Vegas icon, on our Electric Promenade.”
Added Susan Lorenz, president, Viva Las Vegas Club, “The mission of our club is to promote the memory and history of Elvis in the Entertainment Capital of the World. As such, we couldn’t have found a better home for his original Las Vegas Walk of Stars granite marker than among the historic Las Vegas signs at the Neon Museum.”
While Elvis’s star provides the focal point of the Neon Museum’s Electric Promenade, a limited number of commemorative paver stones are also available for public purchase. The pavers available to the public are 12-by-12-feet squares and composed of metaquartzite marble from a quarry in Jean, Nevada. The color of the stone is called Tupelo Honey (Tupelo, Mississippi, was Presley’s birthplace). Funds raised from the sale of paver stones go directly toward the museum’s mission of collecting, preserving, studying and exhibiting the signs in the museum’s collection. Located just outside the museum’s La Concha visitors center, the Electric Promenade is seen by thousands of visitors each year. For more information about purchasing paver stones along the Electric Promenade, click here.