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Mesa Signs

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El Rancho Motel
Mesa, AZ
Pat's Cyclery [gone]
Mesa, AZ
The El Rancho Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2012. In 2014, the motel was demolished. The text on the sign will be adapted for the El Rancho Apartments which are under construction on the lot. The neon will most likely be restored. One of the sign's panels was hit by a car just prior to being taken down. It will have to be replicated. The other panel is fine. In 2016, the building was completed but the sign was not there. For more, see this website. [map]

Pat's Cyclery opened in 1947. These photos are from 2004. Around 2010, the store moved and the sign disappeared.

Circle RB Guest Lodge
Mesa, AZ
The Circle RB Guest Lodge sign has been here since at least the 1950s. [map]

Holiday Motel
Mesa, AZ
The Holiday Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Groggy's
Mesa, AZ
Lost Dutchman Lodge [gone]
Mesa, AZ
This neon martini is on top of Groggy's plastic box sign. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lost Dutchman Lodge and sign are gone. This sign was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. It was destroyed in 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

El Capitan Lodge
Mesa, AZ
Roadrunner
Motel
Mesa, AZ
La Mesita
Lodge [gone]
Mesa, AZ
Trava-Leers Motel
Mesa, AZ
The El Capitan Lodge sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Roadrunner Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The La Mesita Lodge is now known as A New Leaf. This sign is gone. It was probably from the 1940s. The painted out part originally spelled out "Pool" in light bulbs. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Trava-Leers Motel was originally known as the Trava-Leers Motor Inn. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Sunland Motel [gone]
Mesa, AZ
Westernaire Motel
Mesa, AZ
The Sunland Motel sign had been here since at least the 1960s. These photos are from 2012. In 2016, this sign was replaced with a plastic panel sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Westernaire Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The cylinders are no longer lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

Deserama Mobile Ranch
Mesa, AZ
The Deserama Mobile Ranch is a mobile home park and RV campground. The sign may have been built in the 1960s or it may have been built more recently in that style. There was a trailer shaped sign there in the 1950s. [map]

Kiva Motor Lodge
Mesa, AZ
The Kiva Motor Lodge was built as Kohler's Kiva Lodge. This sign has been here since at least 1946. The "Kohler's" was repainted as "Refrigerated" probably in the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Sally's Fabrics
Mesa, AZ
Buckhorn Baths & Motel
Mesa, AZ
Sally's Fabrics closed around 2010 but this sign remains. I believe the sign is from 1961. This photo is from 2012. The building was still vacant and the sign still there in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

The Buckhorn Baths & Motel was established in 1936 as a gas station and trading post. When hot springs were discovered in 1939, a bath and cottages were added. A Wildlife Museum with over 400 mounted and stuffed animals was added later. The sign was built in the late 1950s. The motel has been closed since 1999. The Mesa Preservation Foundation is working towards restoring and repurposing the property. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Hiway Host Motel
Mesa, AZ
The Hiway Host Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign had been painted light blue for years but was repainted its original red just before these photos were taken in 2012. For more, see this website. [map]

Milano Music Center
Mesa, AZ
The Milano Music Center opened in 1946. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Starlite Motel
Mesa, AZ

2004:

2012:
The Starlite Motel has two neon signs. The 78 foot tall diving woman sign was built between 1955 and 1960. It was designed by Paul Millet. The animated sequence features the woman in three positions diving into a splash of water. Although the motel's pool was long gone, the sign was well-preserved until it crashed to the ground in 2010. The neon tubing was completely destroyed and the steel pieces were substantially dented. It cost about $100,000 to faithfully replicate the sign. The sign was reinstalled in 2013. The final photo above shows one of rusty pieces from the sign which was saved by the sign shop that restored it. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

former Tony M. Coury Buick
Mesa, AZ
2004: 2012:
Tony M. Coury Buick opened in 1928. This sign was probably built in the 1950s. It was adapted for Certified Benz & Beemer sometime after 2004. By 2012, the dealership was vacant. By 2015, the sign had been adapted again for USA Auto Inc. [map]

Watson's Flowers
Mesa, AZ
Watson's Flowers was established in 1927. This store opened in 1933. The building is from around 1920 and was originally a gas station with four cabins behind it. The 30 foot tall pole sign was built in the mid-1950s. It was built by the Paul Millet Sign Co. for $8,000. In 2014, it was nearly toppled during a windstorm. It has been safely laid down in the parking lot. The store is looking for funding from the City of Tempe. The sign will eventually be restored and reinstalled. In 2016, it was still laying flat. For more, see this website. [map]

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