Neon Extension Signs (page 3)

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Whispering Palms
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 sign in Tulsa, Oklahoma was built in 1957 by Claude Neon. In 1998, the bowling alley was purchased by the AMF chain and the sign was taken down and replaced. After pressure from the community, the neon sign was reinstalled around the corner. The neon and animation are still maintained. The sign is lit with pink, green, yellow, red, orange, white, and blue tubing. The bowler's arm moves back and forth, the ball rolls, and the pins explode. The panels are about 10 feet wide. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Plaza Lanes [gone]
Des Moines, IA
The Plaza Lanes was built in 1957 and this sign was built then. It was installed on the roof and featured 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 were sequentially lit across the roof. The bowler was about 10 feet tall. These photos are from 2012. In 2017, the building caught fire and was completely destroyed. The owner plans to rebuild. The bowler sign was discovered in the rubble. There are plans to restore it and either display it on the new building or inside.

Safari Motel
Las Vegas, NV
The Safari Motel opened in 1956. These signs 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]

San Jose Radiator
San Jose, CA
Westways Court Motel
Delta, CO
The San Jose Radiator sign features neon steam escaping from an overheated radiator. This business was established in 1944. The sign might be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

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 these websites: 1 and 2. [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. These photos are from 2012. In 2016, the dealership moved. The building at the previous location is gone now. Only the main neon sign (bottom row, first two photos) was moved to the new place. It now has a plastic text panel instead of neon. The neon text panel will be displayed in the Neon Alley in Pueblo. The other "skinny" signs were not allowed to be displayed at the new location. They were saved by the owner. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [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 Manufacturing
Seattle, WA
Madam Sophia's
Fowler, CA
Bardahl Manufacturing was established in Seattle in 1939. The company produces oil and gas additives. This animated sign was built by Campbell Neon in 1952. It is about 15 feet wide. At night, the red neon alternates between "Add Bardahl Oil" and "Add it to Your Gas". The sequentially lit white neon rings create the illusion of an approaching car's headlights. When the headlights reach the top of the sign, the green outline of the car's front end is seen. 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
Lupita's Mexican Food
Casa Grande, AZ
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.

The Lupita's Mexican Food sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. I have never seen a neon sign topper like this before. Lupita's is closed. I don't know what business this sign advertised for originally. For more, see this website. [map]

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. This parking garage was built in 1921 and is located across the street from the Palace Hotel. [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 [gone]
Victoria, TX


The Corral opened in 1952 and this neon sign was installed then. This remarkable animated sign featured an Indian firing off five flaming arrows from his bow. The arrows extended away from the sign via a wire to the roof where they burst into a neon flame. Other than the Goal Post sign shown directly above, this was the only other sign still existing which featured a wire with animated neon extending from the sign to the roof.

In 2015, the Corral closed. The QP Smokehouse renovated the building and kept the sign lit at night. The wording was not changed. The restaurant was known as the QP Smokehouse at the Corral. These videos show the sign's animation: 1 and 2.

In 2017, the restaurant closed. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Harvey hit the city. The sign was badly damaged and seemed unsalvageable. By 2018, the restaurant reopened as Limon's BBQ at The Corral. I was told that the Indian sign was going to be restored but I'm skeptical that it can be done. It might return as some sort of replica sign.

More Neon Extension Signs:

Plumbing Signs
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]
Hayward Fishery (Hayward, CA)
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)
Moody's Bar-B-Q (Woodbine, 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)
Ritz Starlite Room (Grand Prairie, TX)
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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