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Nevada's story has been written in glowing, colorful neon lights for nearly a century. The vivid tubes were beacons for travelers and mavericks. They also spelled out optimism and illuminated the pioneering spirit of people across the state. As modern technology advances, what is happening to this ubiquitous symbol? Is there still a place for neon in the modern silver state? Holly Hutchings takes a look at Northern Nevada's Neon. Discover more below.

Explore Rural Nevada's Neon

Sheila and Peter Laufer
Check out rural Nevada's neon in the story map below.

As part of the "Sparked: Northern Nevada's Neon" series we are taking you on a visual road trip across rural Nevada to explore some of the states iconic neon signs. Images for this storymap were provided by Sheila and Peter Laufer, authors of Neon Nevada

Check out Hunting Neon In Rural And Urban Nevada, where Arts and Culture Reporter Holly Hutchings talks to Sheila and Peter Laufer about their process of documenting Nevada's neon over a 40 year period. 

Lauren Bain is a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno finishing up a dual-major in journalism and French. At the Reynolds School of Journalism, she directed a https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f7lBjpK8us">documentary about Reno’s old Chinatown, shared stories about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wc3bg4D9RaI">local refugees, and produced a multimedia story about a doggy slumber party with Next Generation Radio. As the student president of the Online News Association-Reno, she organizes events to learn about new trends and tools in the evolving digital media space. A local Reno native, Lauren has always had a passion for community based journalism to share and inspire human stories.
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