One of the simple pleasures of life out there in the big, bad world is the wave of a familiar hand, the street greeting that hails you and tells you you’re well-met. For the past 14 years, the Hacienda Horse and Rider has greeted us at the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Fremont Street, welcoming us to downtown and reminding us that history matters here in the Valley of Reinvention. Indeed, as Fremont East has embraced the old-fashioned neon aesthetic in recent years, we’ve seen that history can be the key to reinvention. The 1967 horse and rider, once a sentry on the south Strip, became the Neon Museum’s first big downtown statement in 1996, when urban renaissance still felt like a distant dream. It’s fair to say those galloping hooves have led the way.