Thomas Young (entrepreneur)

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Thomas Young
Born(1895-05-26)May 26, 1895
Sunderland, England
DiedSeptember 11, 1971(1971-09-11) (aged 76)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Nationality American
OccupationFounder of the Young Electric Sign Company
Years active1920–1971
Spouse(s)Elmina Carlisle
Parent(s)George W. Young
Emily Tate Young

Thomas Young (May 26, 1895 September 11, 1971) was an American entrepreneur who founded the Young Electric Sign Company. [1]

Young Electric Sign Company

YESCO is a privately owned manufacturer of electric signs based in Salt Lake City, founded by Thomas Young in 1920. The company provides design, fabrication, installation and maintenance of signs.


He was born on May 26, 1895 in Sunderland, England.

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Young's family converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in his infancy. At age 15, Young and his family sailed from Liverpool, England, to Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and continued on to Ogden, Utah, United States, by train.

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Ogden, Utah City in Utah, United States

Ogden is a city and the county seat of Weber County, Utah, United States, approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of the Great Salt Lake and 40 miles (64 km) north of Salt Lake City. The population was 84,316 in 2014, according to the US Census Bureau, making it Utah's 7th largest city. The city served as a major railway hub through much of its history, and still handles a great deal of freight rail traffic which makes it a convenient location for manufacturing and commerce. Ogden is also known for its many historic buildings, proximity to the Wasatch Mountains, and as the location of Weber State University.

Young founded the Thomas Young Sign Company on March 20, 1920, in Ogden, Utah. Soon thereafter, Young changed the company name to Young Electric Sign Company. In 1931 he realized that with the start of the construction of Boulder Dam there would be enough electricity for Las Vegas, where gambling was now legal. [2]

Las Vegas City in Nevada, United States

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

Young and his company specialized in neon signs built for businesses throughout the intermountain west and Las Vegas. He and his company created many of the famous signs in Las Vegas, Nevada, such as the Circus Circus clown sign and the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign (created by Western Neon later acquired by YESCO. [3] [4]

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Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign neon sign

The Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign is a Las Vegas landmark funded in May 1959 and erected soon after by Western Neon. The sign was designed by Betty Willis at the request of Ted Rogich, a local salesman, who sold it to Clark County, Nevada.

He died on September 11, 1971 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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  1. "A Legacy of Light: Take a Tour Back through History". YESCO. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
  2. Dave Bernslas (February 7, 1999). "Thomas Young". Las Vegas Review-Journal . Retrieved 2015-10-13.
  3. "Lighting, Billboards & Sign Company in Las Vegas". YESCO. During the 'Golden Age of Neon' YESCO designers created a steady stream of displays at the Dunes, Sahara, Tropicana, El Morocco and Circus Circus.
  4. "County Commission to Honor `Welcome to Las Vegas' Sign Designer". Government of Clark County, Nevada. 4 May 2015. Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO), which bought Western Neon a few years after the sign was created, is now the sign's owner and operator.