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Boise Signs

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Pioneer Company
Boise, ID
Crooked Bar Tavern
Boise, ID
Artsmith's Jewelers
Boise, ID
This Pioneer Company sign is installed on the roof of the Pioneer Tent Building. The building is from 1910 but the business is long gone. The sign, or a likeness of it, has been on the roof since at least 1918. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Crooked Bar Tavern, now the Suds Tavern, opened in 1956. This sign may be from then. [map]

Artsmith's Jewelers opened in 1948. This sign appears to be from the 1960s. The neon diamond ring might be older. The diamond used to revolve. For more, see this website. [map]

Grandview Motel
Boise, ID
The Grandview Motel sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Boulevard Motel
Boise, ID
Around 2004, the Boulevard Motel has been converted into apartments. The sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

American Cleaning Service Co.
Boise, ID
The American Cleaning Service Co. opened in 1949. This double-sided sign revolves. I don't know when it was built but it looks fairly modern or it may be a replica of an earlier sign. [map]

Torch Lounge
Boise, ID
The Torch Lounge has been here since at least 1946. The business is now a strip club. The sign has apparently been reworked many times. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Skyvue Grill
Boise, ID
Cabana Inn
Boise, ID
The Skyvue Grill opened in 2013. This sign was built then. The building was built in 1957 for an Arctic Circle drive-in. In 2017, the place closed and the building was demolished. I don't know if this sign will be repurposed or removed. [map]

The Cabana Inn sign was installed in the late 1950s or 1960s. Originally, the hat was painted black and the plastic letters read "MOTEL". The open channel letters and the hat's outline are lit with red neon. The plastic panel is still backlit. The plastic tassels were probably internally lit originally. [map]

Veltex
Boise, ID
Creamer Heating
& Air Conditioning
Boise, ID
This Veltex sign stands in front of the Veltex Building. The building was built in 2002 on the former site of a 1936 Veltex gas station. The gas station had been closed since 1991. The neon sign from the station was saved and restored. [map]

Creamer Heating & Air Conditioning was founded in 1942. These signs might have been installed then. The business is long gone but these signs remain. [map]

Pengilly's Saloon
Boise, ID
The Pengilly's Saloon sign is modern. It was installed sometime after 2012. [map]

Twin Dragon
Boise, ID
The Twin Dragon opened in the early 1960s. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

sign collection
Boise, ID
The signs shown above are part of Vangie Osborn's vintage sign collection from Boise businesses. She has been looking for years for a space to install them and funds to restore them. In 2014, she reached an agreement with the Idaho State Historical Museum to restore and display the signs. For more, see this website.

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