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Dairy Queen
Yuma, AZ

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2012:
This Dairy Queen features more plastic era signage. [map]

Dairy Queen
Yuma, AZ
This Dairy Queen building still had the vintage plastic signs on the building when these photos were taken in 2017. [map]

Dairy Queen
Leavenworth, KS
This Dairy Queen is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Dairy Queen
Bisbee, AZ
Dairy Queen
Willcox, AZ
These Dairy Queens also appear to be from the 1960s. [Bisbee map]; [Willcox map]

Dairy Queen
Cottonwood, AZ
This Dairy Queen building was much smaller originally. It probably looked like the buildings shown above in Bisbee and Willcox. The building was expanded about three times in the late 1970s and 1980s. This photo is from 2012. By 2016, the vintage signs had all been removed and replaced with modern logo signs. [map]

Dairy Queen
Vallejo, CA
This Dairy Queen probably had plastic signs along the roofline like those shown above. The "lips" pole sign has been replaced with a modern sign. For more, see this website. [map]

Dairy Queen
Antioch, CA
This Dairy Queen shares the same building design as many other locations on this page. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Dairy Queen
Rochester, MN
This Dairy Queen is another example of the company's boxy building with plastic signage. This location was built in 1964. [map]

Dairy Queen
Hoopeston, IL
This Dairy Queen has been here since the 1950s. This plastic signage was added later. This photo is from 2009. By 2015, all of the vintage signs had been replaced with modern ones. [map]

Dairy Queen
Manchester, MI
This Dairy Queen is located right next to the River Raisin dam. It was probably built in the 1960s. These photos are from 2011. Sometime after 2014, the middle "Dairy Queen" panel on the front of the building was replaced with a modern DQ swoosh logo sign. [map]

Dairy Queen
Mesa, AZ
This Dairy Queen was built in 1949. It appears the neon sign was cut off a bit on the bottom in order to fit over the roof. This embossed plastic sign, although newer, was rarer than the neon signs. This was the only square one that I know of. I don't know of any other Dairy Queens with stacked signs like this. These photos are from 2012. By 2016, the plastic sign had been replaced with a square plastic panel with the modern logo. The neon sign remains. However, in 2018, it was announced that this location was closing. The building will be demolished. The sign will be saved by the Mesa Preservation Foundation and eventually displayed in a sign park in Mesa. For more, see this website.

Dairy Queen
Casa Grande, AZ
This Dairy Queen opened in the mid-1950s. The sign was installed in the early 1960s. Dairy Queen developed the red "lips" logo in 1960. These lips signs with protruding ice cream cones were mass-produced. In 2016, this sign was endangered when corporate headquarters expressed its intention to replace it with a new sign with the current logo. The city designated the sign a landmark and DQ corporate has backed off from replacing it. There are only a few signs like this still on public display. The location in Stamford, CT fought to keep its sign but lost to corporate demands. There was one in Topeka, KS which corporate also forced the owner to replace with a modern logo sign in 2016. That sign was donated to the Kansas Museum of History. Both of these locations still have the slanted poles. There are two other examples of these signs left in Key West, FL and Austin, MN. There was another sign like this in Gila Bend, AZ. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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