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Arizona Signs (page 1)

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Robson's Arizona
Mining World
Aguila, AZ
Burro Jim Motel
Aguila, AZ
Oasis Court
Benson, AZ
Quarter Horse Motel
Benson, AZ
Robson's Arizona Mining World was a simulated early 1900s mining town with displays of mining equipment. It opened in 1992 and this sign is probably from then. I don't know if it ever had neon. The holes appear to be from bullets. [map]

The Burro Jim Motel opened in the early 1950s and this sign is probably from then. The sign was restored around 2011. This photo is from 2012. In 2013, the sign was sold to the Cortez Street Emporium in Prescott, AZ. It was restored and and is now displayed inside the store. For more, see this website.

The Oasis Court was built around 1928. The sign in the middle might be from then. The units are now used for apartments. [map]

The Quarter Horse Motel sign has been here since at least 1949. For more, see this website. [map]

More Benson Signs:
Hank's Coffee Shop [vintage; gone]

Boots & Saddle Motel
Casa Grande, AZ
Silver Bullet Bar [gone]
Casa Grande, AZ
The Boots & Saddle Motel was built in 1954 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Silver Bullet Bar sign is probably from the 1950s. The first photo above is from 2004. Between 2009 and 2011, the neon lettering was removed and the sign repainted. The second photo is from 2012. The neon text was apparently restored but the neon champagne glass was still dark. In 2016, the sign was sold to a private collector who may restored the sign and display it inside a bar in Iowa. For more, see this website.

Se-Tay Motel
Casa Grande, AZ
Wonder Bar
Casa Grande, AZ
The Se-Tay Motel was built in 1949 and this sign appears to be from then. The motel's Native American sounding name was derived from the owner's name, Yates, spelled backwards. [map]

The Wonder Bar was established in 1934 as McNatt's Wonder Bar. Around 1940, the bar moved to its current location. The sign might be from then but is more likely from the 1950s. It may have been built when the place became Cotton's Wonder Bar. [map]

Jewel's Desert Sands
Casa Grande, AZ
The Jewel's Desert Sands sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Food City
Casa Grande, AZ
This Food City supermarket was probably built in the 1950s. I don't know how long these signs have been here. This may have been a Bashas supermarket originally. [map]

J.D. Byrider
Chandler, AZ
Chandler Liquors
Chandler, AZ
This J.D. Byrider sign features the Chrysler "Forward Look" logo, aka the Flookerang, on top which was used from 1955-1961. There must have been a Chrysler dealer on this lot originally. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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

Gallopin' Goose
Coolidge, AZ
2008: 2017:
The Gallopin' Goose bar has been here since at least the early 1960s. It might even date back to 1935. By 2011, the sign had been refurbished. [map]

Saddle & Spur Tavern
Douglas, AZ
The Saddle & Spur Tavern sign is probably from the 1950s. The bar is located on the ground floor of the Hotel Gadsden (see below). For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Hotel Gadsden
Douglas, AZ
Ortega's Shoes
Douglas, AZ
Oasis Car Wash
Douglas, AZ
The Hotel Gadsden was built in 1907. It was destroyed by fire and rebuilt in 1929. This rooftop sign is probably from then. It was definitely there by the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ortega's Shoes sign must have had a Red Goose or Weather-Bird piece where the holes are on the upper right. The store is still operating. [map]

The Oasis Car Wash was still operating when this photo was taken in 2012. The sign originally advertised for the Oasis Motel. It was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Western Hills Motel
Flagstaff, AZ
The Western Hills Motel opened in 1953. I believe this sign was built slightly after that. It was originally painted blue. For more, see this website. [map]

Motel Du Beau
Flagstaff, AZ
Downtowner Motel
Flagstaff, AZ
Grand Canyon Cafe
Flagstaff, AZ
The Motel Du Beau was built in 1929 as Du Beau's Motel Inn. It was the city's first motel and is still operating. The sign is believed to have been built in 1934. [map]

The Downtowner Motel opened as the Nackard Auto Inn in 1929. I believe the radio tower sign has been there since the beginning. It became Nackard's Downtowner Motel in 1950. In 1995, the property became the Grand Canyon International Hostel. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Grand Canyon Cafe opened in 1938. The facade was remodeled to its current look in 1950. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Sierra Vista Motel
Flagstaff, AZ
2012: 2017:
The Sierra Vista Motel was built in 1937. This sign is probably from then. The motel has been used for apartments since the mid-1960s. The sign had been repainted by 2015. [map]

Hotel Monte Vista
Flagstaff, AZ

2012:

2017:
The Hotel Monte Vista opened in 1927. The cocktail lounge has been there since at least the early 1930s. The rooftop sign was installed by 1946 and is probably older than that. The rooftop sign was painted gold in 2012. The hotel also has an opal glass sign. That sign and the "Cocktails" sign were painted gold around 2016. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Tourist Home
Flagstaff, AZ
Stovall's Space Age Lodge
Gila Bend, AZ
The Tourist Home was built in 1926 as a boarding house for immigrant Basque workers and sheepherders. This sign is probably from the 1930s. The building was boarded up since the 1970s. In 2014, the space reopened as the Tourist Home Urban Market. The neon was restored at that time. [map]

Stovall's Space Age Lodge opened in 1963. The sign remains the same except for the updated Best Western panels at the top. This was one of six futuristic themed lodges built by Al Stovall. The other five were in Anaheim, CA: The Space Age Lodge, Inn of Tomorrow, Apollo Inn, Cosmic Age Lodge, and the Galaxy Motel. The Space Age Lodge lost its 1960s building details when it was remodeled in the mid-1980s. The Space Age Restaurant which was built next door in 1964 was destroyed in 1998 by a fire. It was rebuilt and a UFO-shaped structure was added to the roof. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Flagstaff Signs:
Alpine Motel [vintage; gone]
Branding Iron Motel: 1, 2 [vintage; gone]

Two Palms Motel
Glendale, AZ
Parsons' Family Restaurant
Glendale, AZ
The Two Palms Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. For more, see this website. [map]

Parsons' Family Restaurant opened around 1965 as Big Sam's Burgers. The sign must have looked something like this then. It has been Parsons' since the 1980s. The new sign panels must have been installed then. The neon was removed from the chef sometime after 2006. [map]

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