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Burger King
Naperville, IL
This Burger King seems to be a well-preserved original building most likely from the late 1950s. Inside the restaurant is this poster showing the early design. I don't believe there are any of these fantastic neon signs left. Burger King was founded in 1953 and had over 100 locations by 1965. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Burger King
Quincy, MA
Burger King
Pennsville, NJ
Burger King [gone]
Renton, WA
This Burger King in Quincy appears to be a remodeled example of the early design (see above). I don't know of any other examples of this building design. [map]

I believe the castle design of this Burger King in Pennsville is unique. Does anyone know when it was built? [map]

This Burger King in Renton was unique. I don't know when it was built. This photo is from 2015. The building was completely remodeled in 2016 and is now a boring box.

Burger King
Buena Park, CA
This Burger King is another castle-themed location. The design might have been influenced by the Medieval Times across the street which opened in 1986. [map]

former Taco Bell [gone]
Downey, CA (now Irvine, CA)
This Taco Bell was the first location in the chain. It opened in 1962. It has not been a Taco Bell for many years. The building has housed other Mexican takeout restaurants since then. In 2014, the building was vacant and endangered. Taco Bell decided to move the building to its corporate headquarters in Irvine, CA. It is currently in storage. For more, see this website.

Taco Bell [gone]
Los Angeles, CA
This Taco Bell had not changed all that much since the company's early design. These photos are from 2008. By 2012, this location had closed and the building was remodeled for a Thai restaurant. The sign was gone. These plastic signs are incredibly rare now. The only other one that I know of that is still in use is in Savannah, GA. There were others until a few years ago in Wilmington, DE and Wausau, WI. For more, see this website.

former Taco Bell
Milwaukie, OR
This former Taco Bell still has the original patio and fire pit. The building now houses Rigoberto's Taco Shop. [map]

The Roy Rogers restaurant chain was established in 1968.

former Roy Rogers
Cincinnati, OH
This Roy Rogers location was built in 1969. These photos are from 2009. In 2012, the sign was adapted when the affiliation with Roy Rogers ceased. The business was renamed Roney's, a reference to its location on Roney Lane. Roney's closed in 2014 reopened at another location in 2015. The sign was moved to the new location in Milford, OH. The Roy Rogers building was still there but vacant in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

I'm pretty sure that these Roy Rogers covered wagon signs were inspired by the Pioneer Lodge sign in Springdale, UT. I believe the motel opened in 1963. That sign is now in storage in Cedar City, UT.

former Roy Rogers
Apex, NC
former Roy Rogers
Columbus, GA
This former Roy Rogers building in Apex has housed Dallas Famous Chicken n' Biscuits since 1981. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Columbus is now home to Shark's Fish & Chicken. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Woodbridge, VA
former Roy Rogers
Celina, OH
This former Roy Rogers in Warrenton now houses an Enterprise Rent-A-Car office. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Celina now houses a Low Bob's Discount Tobacco store. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Norman, OK
former Roy Rogers
Oklahoma City, OK
The former Roy Rogers in Norman is now occupied by a Pizza Shuttle restaurant. [map]

The former Roy Rogers in Oklahoma City now houses the Sala Thai Restaurant. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Oklahoma City, OK
former Roy Rogers
Ventura, CA
This former Roy Rogers in Oklahoma City now houses a Chelino's Mexican restaurant. [map]

This former Roy Rogers in Ventura housed El Taco de Mexico when this photo was taken in 2012. That business moved in 2016 and the building is currently vacant. It was announced in 2017 that the building would be demolished for a medical office. [map]

former Roy Rogers
Portland, OR
This former Roy Rogers building was vacant in 2007. By 2009, the building was housing a Voodoo Doughnut. This photo is from 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

More former Roy Rogers:
Greensboro, NC
Corpus Christi, TX [gone]
Green Bay, WI [map]

Franksville
Chicago, IL
Pepe's Mexican Restaurant
Chicago, IL
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Atlanta area, GA
Franksville hot dog restaurant chain was founded in 1963. In 1964, 20 locations were built including this one in Chicago which is the sole survivor. While most of the locations were built in the Chicago area, there were locations in Georgia, possibly New York City, and presumably elsewhere. This is the only sign known to still exist. The cartoon-like engineer and hot-dog shaped train were meant to appeal to children. The embossed plastic panels are about 10 feet wide and are still internally lit at night. The sign revolved until a few years ago. The building at this location was destroyed by fire in 1967. It was rebuilt in the same style. [map]

Pepe's Mexican Restaurant occupies a former Franksville location. There may be other examples of the chain's unique, double A-frame buildings left. If you come across any, I'd love to hear from you. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [ads thanks Robby Delius] [map]

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