A Touching New Tourist Attraction

Behind the Welcome to Las Vegas sign begins the winding row of crosses saluting each of the 58 victims of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Concert October 1st.
Photo by Diane Taylor

Last week, I drove visitors from Illinois down Las Vegas Boulevard. When we passed the Welcome to Las Vegas sign, we saw crowds and knew a tribute to the victims of the October 1st shooting in Las Vegas was there, but we couldn’t see the site clearly. So Thursday, I drove to the sign.

So many cars were there, I briefly had no place to park, but finally an opening gave me a parking spot.

What follows are photographs taken during my visit. I was stunned at what a touching memorial had been created there, not by government, but by people — who voluntarily made crosses for each of the victims, added the photographs and left notes, drawings, stuffed animals, candles, flowers, flags, etc. People of all ages walked somberly among the crosses.

Those visitors who came to take photographs with the Las Vegas sign did so and were able to smile … even amid the sadness. At the far end of the crosses were women giving out free bottles of water — and they did so, it seemed, without wanting tips. Most of the visitors I saw had cameras, meaning that throughout the country pictures of this site will be memorialized.

People of all ages and all abilities are visiting the Welcome to Las Vegas sign…. if they can find parking.
Photo by Diane Taylor
The tributes to the October 1st victims begin right in front of the sign.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Each individual cross is special in terms of pictures, signatures, etc. This cross was in honor of Neysa Tonks of Las Vegas.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Another local victim was Charleston Hatfield of Las Vegas.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A personal message from Cub Scout Pack 509.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A shirt hung at the site by visitors from Great Britain.
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A selfie with tributes in the background.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A hand-made sign filled with signatures and messages.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A number of hand-made stars along the fence give positive messages such as this one.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Just a few of the signatures on a huge boulder on the grounds.
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Looking back from behind the Las Vegas sign:
Photo by Diane Taylor
Some of the crowd Thursday afternoon in front of the Welcome to Las Vegas sign.
Photo by Diane Taylor
A closer look.
Photo by Diane Taylor
Yes, the visitors are still coming to Las Vegas for a good time and souvenir photos.
Photo by Diane Taylor

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