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Neon Extension Signs (page 3)

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Whispering Palms
Restaurant
Ritzville, WA
Fifth Wheel Food
San Leandro, CA
Anchor Inn
Anacortes, WA
Cerbat Lanes
Kingman, AZ
The Whispering Palms Restaurant sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It is the only example that I know of with a neon palm tree off of the sign panels. Apparently, there was another palm or something else on the other side of the sign. There is another neon sign in the window. [map]

The Fifth Wheel Food opened in 1946 and this sign is probably from then. The fifth wheel refers to the coupling used to connect semi-trucks to their trailers. The freestanding neon in the corner cut-out is a representation of the coupling. There was a sign in Detroit, MI that was built in the shape of a fifth wheel. [map]

The Anchor Inn sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cerbat Lanes opened in 1995 and this sign was built then. The animated sign is about 10 feet wide and features a white bowling ball and red pins. It's unknown if the sign's designer or the business owner were inspired by the freestanding neon rolling balls and crashing pins at the Sheridan Lanes or the Plaza Lanes (see below). While it's rare, it's nice to see that these artful neon sign extensions are still being made. [map]

Sheridan Lanes
Tulsa, OK
The Sheridan Lanes features an animated bowler, ball and pins. The sign is probably from the 1950s. Part of the ball's path and the explosion of the pins are represented with extended neon tubing. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Plaza Lanes
Des Moines, IA
The Plaza Lanes sign is probably from the 1950s. It is installed on the roof and features an animated bowler, ball and pins. It's possible that it may have been inspired by the Sheridan Lanes sign described above. The nine separate rolling neon balls are sequentially lit across the roof. [map]

Safari Motel
Las Vegas, NV
The Safari Motel opened in 1956. These sign were here by the late 1960s. The pole sign was originally painted red and black. It features a grid of diamond-like neon tubing. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Westways Court Motel
Delta, CO
The Westways Court Motel was established in 1946. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It features a stylized sun with red and blue neon rays. For more, see this website. [map]

More-Skinny Used Cars
Pueblo, CO
More-Skinny Used Cars opened in 1939 as Moreschini Used Cars. In the 1940s, the business was renamed More-Skinny Used Cars which was easier for people to pronounce. The dealership moved here in 1949. The neon sign is from then. "Skinny" on the main sign has an animated pointing neon arm and hand. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

El Rancho Hotel
Wells, NV
The El Rancho Hotel was built in 1948. This rooftop sign was installed in 1949 when the hotel opened. The owner chose the design from several sketches prepared by the YESCO, Young Electric Sign Company, office in Salt Lake City. The neon cowboy and bucking bronco part of the sign is about eight feet wide. Originally, there was a yellow, neon lariat which extended from the cowboy to the left of the "E". It continued downward to encircle the borders of the sign panels. This lasso border was animated. The cowboy's airborne neon lariat has been missing for decades but some of the metal spikes that supported it are still there. The cowboy and bronco were apparently lit in at least three-part animation. The colors are unknown. The sign went dark long before the early 2000s. Although the panels' paint is very faded, the text "CAFE BAR CASINO" is still readable.

In 2008, the hotel was rocked by an earthquake. Most of the damage was to the roof and second floor. However, the sign was not affected. The building remains vacant and may eventually be demolished. The City has expressed no interest in restoring or moving the sign. In 2014, the sign was briefly and partially lit with the use of a generator for a car show. It will be lit again in July 2015 during the car show. For more, see this website. [map]

Donald's Serva-teria
Pratt, KS
Donald's Serva-teria has been here since around 1952. This sign is lit in the morning. The orbs flash independently. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Bardahl
Seattle, WA
Madam Sophia's
Fowler, CA
The Bardahl company was founded in 1939. This huge, animated sign was built by Campbell Neon in the 1950s. At night, the neon alternated between "Add Bardahl Oil" and "Add it to Your Gas". There is a neon car on top of the sign. The sequentially lit neon rings created the illusion of the car's approaching headlights. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Madam Sophia's was established in 1968. The red and green neon rays around the sign flash sequentially. The stars are no longer lit. For more, see this website. [map]

former Golden Key Motel
Clarkston, WA
Poplar Tunes [gone]
Memphis, TN
Pop Tunes
Records [gone]
Memphis, TN
The Golden Key Motel has been known as the Bridge Street Inn since around 2008. The sign's top panel was changed at that point. However, the neon key remains. For more, see this website. [map]

Poplar Tunes opened this store in 1946 and closed in 2009. This photo is from 2007. The sign is now on display at the Memphis Rock and Soul Museum. It features neon musical notes and an animated arrow. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Pop Tunes Records was part of the Poplar Tunes chain. This store's sign was surrounded by animated musical notes. The store closed in 2006 and the sign was painted white. By 2010, the sign was gone. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Palace Garage Parking
San Francisco, CA
I don't know how old these signs at the Palace Garage Parking are. The vertical sign appears to have been reworked. The sign just inside the bay appears to be 1950s or so. For more, see this website. [map]

Goal Post Bar-B-Q
Anniston, AL
The Goal Post Bar-B-Q sign was built in the mid-1950s. It features a larger-than-life football player kicking a football. The kicker's leg moves in three phases. What makes this sign particularly unique is the neon footballs which are strung by wires over the parking lot between the kicker and the restaurant's roof. The sixteen footballs, which are sequentially lit, create the illusion of an arching and tumbling ball. In 2009, two of these footballs were destroyed in the storm and the sign stopped working. The owner of the Goal Post hesitated briefly about repairing the sign. However, the reaction from the community and sign lovers across the country convinced him that the expense was worth it. In 2013, the restaurant closed and was demolished. In 2014, the sign was restored and reinstalled at Betty's Bar-B-Q. The string of footballs leading to the restaurant was also restored. For more, see this website. [map]

The Corral
Victoria, TX
The Corral opened in 1952 and this neon sign was installed then. This remarkable animated sign features an Indian firing off five flaming arrows from his bow. The arrows extend away from the sign via a wire to the roof where they burst into a neon flame. I believe that this sign and the Goal Post sign shown directly above are the only two signs which exist featuring this wire with animated neon extending from the sign to the roof.

In 2015, the Corral closed. The QP Smokehouse is renovating the building and will be keeping the sign and lighting it at night. The wording will not be changed. The restaurant will be known as the QP Smokehouse at the Corral. These videos show the sign's animation: 1 and 2. [map]

More Neon Extension Signs:

Plumbing Signs

Lupita's Mexican Food (Casa Grande, AZ)
Silver Bullet Bar (Casa Grande, AZ) [gone]
Bun-N-Burger (Alhambra, CA)
Bahia Caporales (Burbank, CA) [gone]
Toot's Tavern (Crockett, CA)
Whistle Stop Cafe (Dunsmuir, CA)
Andy's (Fresno, CA) [gone]
Jimmy Britt's (Martinez, CA)
Prospector's Village Motel (Oroville, CA) [vintage; gone]
Poultry Fish (San Francisco, CA)
fish (San Leandro, CA) [gone]
Fabricare Services (Grand Junction, CO) [cars gone]
fish (Monte Vista, CO)
pig (Kingsland, GA)
Silver Horseshoe Bar (American Falls, ID)
Travelers Motel (Boise, ID) [gone]
Details Done Right (Payette, ID)
Sunset Motel (Yorkville, IL)
Forsyth's Furniture (Medicine Lodge, KS)
Sunset Motor Lodge (Stanford, KY)
The Pearl Restaurant & Oyster Bar (New Orleans, LA)
Ted & Gen's (Aldrich, MN)
Tip Top Motel (Wolf Point, MT) [vintage; gone]
Bronco Burgers (Omaha, NE)
Atomic Cleaners (Goodlettsville, TN) [gone]
Pete & Sam's (Memphis, TN)
Personal Loan Service (Waco, TX) [gone]
Purple Sage Motel (Panguitch, UT)
Modern Shoe Repairing (Provo, UT) [gone?]
K&M Bowl (Longview, WA) [gone]
Widow Maker (Marysville, WA)
Acme TV (Spokane, WA) [gone]
hammer (La Crosse, WI) [gone]
Algiers Motel (Waukesha, WI) [vintage; gone]

Beaverlodge Hotel (Beaverlodge, AB)
Silver Heights Restaurant (Winnipeg, MB)
National Cafe (Moose Jaw, SK)
Nit's (Moose Jaw, SK)
Skipping Girl Vinegar (Melbourne, AU)
Moulin Rouge Grand Casino (Vienna, Austria)
Volleyball Player: 1, 2, 3 (Warsaw, Poland)


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