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California Signs (page 16)

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Flamingo Lounge
Rio Vista, CA
Hap's Bait
Rio Vista, CA
The Flamingo Lounge sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Hap's Bait sign has been stolen and replaced at least twice in recent years. For more, see this website. [map]

Striper Cafe
Rio Vista, CA
2014: 2016:

The Striper Cafe opened in the 1930s or 1940s. This sign is most likely from the 1950s. In 2015, an anonymous donor came forward to help the owners with the restoration costs for this sign and the one at Foster's Bighorn described below. The Striper Cafe no longer serves alcohol but the martini glass was left intact. For more, see this website. [map]

Foster's Bighorn
Rio Vista, CA

2014:

2016:
Foster's Bighorn bar and restaurant opened in 1931. The sign is probably from the 1950s. The interior is filled with Bill Foster's collection of wild and big game trophies which were accumulated during his hunting expeditions. In 2015, this sign was restored with funding from an anonymous donor. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Rio Vista Signs:
Jessen's (Rio Vista) [gone]

Sire Bar & Grill
Riverside, CA
Tuxie's Drive-in
Riverside, CA
Thunderbird Lodge
Riverside, CA
The Sire Bar & Grill has been here since at least the mid-1950s. The Sire sign was built in 1955. It was refurbished sometime after 2008. This photo is from 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Tuxie's Drive-in opened in 1955 and this sign is from then. [map]

This Thunderbird Lodge was built in 1960. The motel has either been rebuilt or drastically remodeled but the sign remains the same. There are still signs like this in Redding, CA and Chico, CA. There was one in Medford, OR as well. I don't know if this chain existed in other states as well. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Stater Brothers
Riverside, CA
El Sarape Restaurant
Riverside, CA
The Stater Brothers grocery store chain was established in 1936 in Yucaipa, CA. I believe this sign is from the 1950s. While the chain is still thriving, there are very few of these neon pylon signs left. There is another one in Anaheim, CA. [map]

The El Sarape Restaurant opened in 1949. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Ford
Rosamond, CA
This Ford sign is installed at the Kieffe & Sons Ford dealership. The neon has been removed. [map]

Owl Club
Roseville, CA
Auto Maxx
Roseville, CA
Lambert Funeral Home
Roseville, CA
The Owl Club opened in 1934. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Auto Maxx used car sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The top panel is painted red on one side and white on the other. It revolved originally but now just blows in the wind. The sign originally advertised for Andrews Lincoln-Mercury. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lambert Funeral Home was established in 1936. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

former Dainty Pastry
Roseville, CA
2008: 2014:
The Dainty Pastry bakery opened in 1946 and closed in 2009. In 2011, the sign was partially covered up with vinyl bearing the new store's name: Rustic Grains. That store was closed by 2015. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

West House Hotel & Club
Roseville, CA
The West House Hotel was built in 1906. These signs are from the 1930s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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Homes Direct
Salida, CA
Republic Cafe
Salinas, CA
Cal's Central Liquors
Salinas, CA
Frank's Fish Market & Restaurant
Salinas, CA
The California Homes Direct sign originally advertised for Bonanza Homes, a nationwide chain of mobile home dealers. The sign panel was replaced with a larger one. It looked more like this one in Ontario, CA. These signs are from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The upper torso with the sign panel originally revolved. [map]

The Republic Cafe opened in 1942 and this sign is probably from then. Although the restaurant is long gone, this sign remains. It was restored in 2009. However, I don't believe it is lit anymore. This photo is from 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cal's Central Liquors sign appears to be from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

I believe Frank's Fish Market & Restaurant opened in 1992. This sign probably revolved originally. Today, it blows a little in the wind. [map]

Rex Motel
Salinas, CA
El Llano Motel
Salinas, CA
El Sombrero Motel
Salinas, CA
The Rex Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The El Llano Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. The motel is older than that and there was a different sign here originally. [map]

The El Sombrero Motel signs are most likely from the 1950s. [map]

Wagon Wheel Motel
Salinas, CA
2008: 2013:
The Wagon Wheel Motel was built in 1952. This sign appears to be from then. The neon was removed around 2011. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Pub's Prime Rib
Salinas, CA
Traveler's Hotel
Salinas, CA
Shell station
Salinas, CA
The Pub's Prime Rib restaurant is now known as the Grower's Pub. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

I believe the Traveler's Hotel was built in 1930. This sign might be from then. [map]

This Shell station sign is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

These single-letter Shell signs are extremely rare now. The only other ones that I know of are in Idaho Springs, CO and yellow ones in Salinas, CA and Catonsville, MD.

Valley Center Bowl
Salinas, CA
The Valley Center Bowl signs appear to be from the 1950s. The pylon's neon sign is animated. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Salinas Signs:
John Cerney signs

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