(Las Vegas, NV) — A piece of Las Vegas history is headed to the recycling bin.
Workers removed the sign outside the old Sahara hotel on Tuesday, using a crane and torches to take down the Arabian-themed display built in the 1990′s.
The sign was cut into pieces before heading to a local recycling plant.
The Sahara closed in 2011 after 59 years on the north end of the Strip.
Los Angeles-based SBE Entertainment is spending $750 million to turn the Sahara into the SLS Las Vegas, with 1600 rooms and an entertainment complex. It’s expected to open next year.