Reno, Nevada had a fantastic array of neon signs and neon facades until very recently when some of the oldest casinos closed and their signage was removed and replaced by glitzy imitations of Las Vegas.

Just six blocks long in either direction, Reno had a charming small-town feel with much of the imagery reflecting a frontier spirit. I don’t think I have every seen so much neon in so concentrated an area. And every tube was working.

One of my favorite signs is the cartoon cowboy made out of the state map on the Nevada Club. Sad to say, the casino closed and the sign was removed.