At the time this happened, the Neon Museum was reportedly late to get a hold of the sign before construction crews brought it down but a spokesperson said then they were trying to salvage parts for the museum. That never happened. The Neon Museum told us today that the sign was demolished. (Ugh, punch in the gut.)
Brandon Flowers, lead singer of The Killers, was able to buy/salvage only a portion of the sign--the animated neon bull that advertised Gilley's (just out of range in the photo above.) The Neon Museum, meanwhile, was able to acquire another Frontier sign which stood at the back of the casino on Industrial Road.
It's clear the demolition of the Frontier sign was a major travesty and we can only hope this sort of thing never happens again. (Maybe Vegas needs to consider stricter preservation laws?) But in slightly better news, we were wondering about the glittering slipper sign that was a part of the Silver Slipper, one of the earlier incarnations of the Frontier, and we found that it is still alive as part of the Neon Museum's Neon Signs Project. You can spot it on Las Vegas Blvd. between Sahara Ave. and Washington Ave.
So kids, be sure to take a lot of pictures on your trips to Vegas. You never know--you might be snapping a piece of history.