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California Signs (page 16)

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El Capitan Hotel
Merced, CA
California Motel
Merced, CA
Slumber Motel
Merced, CA
The El Capitan Hotel was built in 1912. After a fire, the hotel was "reconstructed" around 1936. This sign may have been installed then. It was there by the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

The California Motel sign is probably from the 1940s. At some point, the sign was raised up on much taller poles. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Slumber Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The atomic feature on top of the sign may have been outlined with neon originally. [map]

Branding Iron
Merced, CA
The Branding Iron restaurant opened in 1952. This animated sign was built then by Merced Neon. The cowboy's lasso moves back and forth and encircles the restaurant's name. The brands at the top and bottom of the sign flash on and off. The sign is about ten feet wide. In 1987, the restaurant was damaged by fire and closed. A new owner reopened the place the following year. In order to restore the sign and keep it animated, the sign was designated a historical landmark by the City in 1988. Around 2004, heavy winds destroyed about 95 percent of the neon. The tubing was replaced and the sign was repainted soon after that. For more, see this website. [map]

7-Up
Merced, CA

2008:

2014:
This 7-Up sign is probably from the 1940s. The sign was restored in 2011. For more see this website. [map]

There are two other old 7-Up billboard signs in Fresno, CA and one in Bakersfield, CA. There were two others in Portland, OR (1 and 2).

Century
Bowl [gone]
Merced, CA
Rice Bowl
Merced, CA
Yosemite U Save Liquor
Merced, CA
Mirabel Springs Rancho
Middletown, CA
The Century Bowl sign was probably from the 1950s. The bowling alley closed in the mid-1990s. This photo is from 2014. The sign was still there in 2016 but gone by 2017. For more, see this website.

The Rice Bowl was a Chinese restaurant. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It closed around 2010. Since around 2012, the building has housed the New Thai Cuisine restaurant. The Rice Bowl sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The Yosemite U Save Liquor store was built as part of the U Save Liquor chain. There are similar signs at other Northern California locations in Fresno, Redwood City, and elsewhere. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mirabel Springs Rancho motel was built around 1949. It now houses an antiques store. This sign remains. [map]

Shaw's Candy &
Ice Cream Parlor [gone]
Millbrae, CA
2 a.m. Club
Mill Valley, CA
Goodman Building Supply
Mill Valley, CA
This Shaw's Candy & Ice Cream Parlor was part of a 50-store Bay Area chain. This location opened in 1947. This photo is from 2008. The store closed around 2010 and the sign is gone now. The first Shaw's Ice Cream opened in San Francisco in 1931. That is the only location left now. For more, see this website.

The 2 a.m. Club opened around 1940. This sign may be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Goodman Building Supply opened in 1955. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

More Millbrae Signs:
Millbrae Theatre

More Mill Valley Signs:
Tamalpais Motel

Mineral Lodge
Mineral, CA
Miranda
Gardens Resort
Miranda, CA
Bear Pit
Mission Hills, CA
Mission Hills Psychic
Mission Hills, CA
The Mineral Lodge sign appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

The Miranda Gardens Resort was built in 1929 as Pulscher's Motor Inn. In 1948, it was renamed the Miranda Gardens Resort. This sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bear Pit started out as a small shack in Newhall, CA in the late 1940s. A few years later, the owner moved operations here. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mission Hills Psychic sign is probably relatively recent. My guess would be 1960s or later. [map]

Welcome Arch
Modesto, CA
former Shakey's Pizza
To Go Kitchen [gone]
Modesto, CA
The Welcome Arch was built in 1912. The slogan "Water Wealth Contentment Health" came from a contest. The winner was "Nobody's Got Modesto's Goat" but the City decided it like the second place choice more. The sign has always been lit with light bulbs: 348 on each side. It was restored in 2012 with LED bulbs. For more, see this website. [map]

This former Shakey's Pizza to Go Kitchen sign looked much like this one originally. This was one of very few Shakey's Pizza Parlor's take-out locations. The top part of this sign with the lantern was removed when it was adapted for Luigi's Pizza around 2009. Around 2015, the sign was removed and replaced with a plastic box sign.

More Modesto Signs:
Camera Center [gone]
Scenic Drive-in
Tires by Dayton [gone]

Mojave Signs:
White's Motel [gone]

Oak Park Motel
Monrovia, CA
Simon
Equipment Rentals
Monrovia, CA
Airfan
Engineering
Company
Montebello, CA
Terraza Jamay
Montebello, CA
The Oak Park Motel's original sign featured a representation of a giant oak tree which was located on the property. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Simon Equipment Rentals was established in Wichita, KS in 1946. This location opened in 1956 and the sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Airfan Engineering Company sign is installed on the building that now houses Performance Forged Products. I assume fans were or still are produced here. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

I believe the Terraza Jamay nightclub has been closed since around 2009. This sign is probably from the 1950s but I don't know if it advertised for something else originally. [map]

Gar-Duno's
Taco King
Montebello, CA
Gar-Duno's
Taco King
El Monte, CA
Pink Elephant
Monte Rio, CA
Welcome sign
Monte Rio, CA
Gar-Duno's was established in 1941 and featured pastrami sandwiches. Mexican Food was added later and the chain became known as Gar-Duno's Taco King. These signs appear to be from the 1960s. The "Pastrami" portions of the signs were updated with "Taco King". The photo of the Montebello sign was taken in 2008. By 2012, the panels were replaced and the balls were replaced with flat round disks. The South San Gabriel, CA location is closed but the sign remains. [Montebello map]; [El Monte map]

The Pink Elephant opened in 1937. The bar closed in 2009. This sign was still there in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

This Welcome sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. It reads "Monte Rio Awaits Your Return" on the other side. There is no neon on that panel. For more, see this website. [map]

Monterey Signs:
Monterey Lanes

Alameda Albany -
Apple Valley
Arcadia -
Barstow
Bakersfield Bay Point -
Beverly Hills
Big Bear Lake -
Bridgeport
Buellton Buena Park -
Carpinteria
Catheys Valley -
Costa Mesa
Cotati -
El Centro
El Dorado -
Escondido
Eureka -
Garden Grove
Fresno Gilroy -
Happy Camp
Hawthorne -
Lakehead
Hayward &
San Leandro
Lakewood -
Lindsay
Lodi -
Lone Pine
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Mendota
Morgan Hill -
Oceanside
Oakland
Ontario -
Pacifica
Pasadena -
Petaluma
Pico Rivera -
Pomona
Porterville -
Redondo Beach
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Richmond
Rio Vista -
Roseville
Sacramento Salida -
San Bernardino
San Bruno -
San Luis Obispo
San Diego Area San Francisco San Jose San Mateo -
Santa Barbara
Santa Clara -
Santa Monica
Santa Paula -
St. Helena
Stockton
Sun Valley -
Ukiah
Upland -
Vernon
Victorville -
Wilmington
Woodland -
Yuba City
Museum of
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