email: roadarch@outlook.com
Loading

Indianapolis Signs

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

Sam Wolf Used Cars
Indianapolis, IN
D&S Liquors
Indianapolis, IN
Wonder Bread
Indianapolis, IN
Pine Motel
Indianapolis, IN
Reed Drapery Service
Indianapolis, IN
The Sam Wolf Used Cars sign appears to be from the 1950s. The "Over 60 Years" part of the sign was probably a later update. [map]

D&S Liquors opened in 1962 and this sign is probably from then. The sign appears to have been a mix of neon and plastic originally. The cocktail stirrer doubles as a clock. [map]

The Wonder Bread plant features a huge neon sign and tours for those curious to see how the bread, Twinkies, and Ding Dongs are made. Wonder Bread was invented in Indianapolis in 1921. The sign has been here for many decades. This photo is from 2005. By 2014, the red "Wonder Bread" panels had been removed from the sign. The "Welcome to Wonderland" text at the top has been changed to "Hostess Brands." For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Pine Motel sign still had neon back in the 1990s. [map]

The Reed Drapery Service signs appear to be from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

Dunkin' Donuts
(now Pie Five)
Indianapolis, IN
H&R Block
Indianapolis, IN
Checkered
Flag Tavern
Indianapolis, IN
Lee's Cash & Go
Indianapolis, IN
These Dunkin' Donuts, H&R Block, Checkered Flag Tavern and Lee's Cash & Go signs were originally revolving Roselyn Bakery signs. The Roselyn Bakery was established in 1943. There were 34 locations when the chain folded in 1999. The Dunkin' Donuts opened in 2008, taking over the location previously occupied by Panda Express. By 2014, Dunkin' had closed. In 2015, that location was housing a Pie Five Pizza Co.

There is another location that housed a Payday Loans (now We Buy Gold). If there are any other former Roselyn Bakery signs out there that I'm missing, please let me know. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [Pie Five map]; [H&R Block map]; [Checkered map]; [Lee's map]

Stout's Shoes
Indianapolis, IN
Wheeler Mission
Indianapolis, IN
Emrich's
Furniture [gone]
Indianapolis, IN
Barringer's Tavern
Indianapolis, IN
Stout's Shoes was established in 1886. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Wheeler Mission sign was restored around 2008 and is lit at night. Plexiglass panels protect the neon tubing. For more, see this website. [map]

Emrich's Furniture opened in 1881 and closed in 1997. This sign was still there when this photo was taken in 2010. The sign was there in 2014 but gone by 2015.

Barringer's Tavern opened in the late 1800's. In recent years, this sign was removed and replaced with a plastic box sign. A customer found the old sign in a dumpster and saved it. A few years later, the sign was given to the bar's new owners. It was restored and reinstalled. [map]

Western
Bowling Center
Indianapolis, IN
Woodland
Bowling Center
Indianapolis, IN
Jubilee Bowl [gone]
Indianapolis, IN
Expo Bowl
Indianapolis, IN
The Western Bowling Center, the Woodland Bowling Center, the Jubilee Bowl, the Expo Bowl and one other bowling center are owned by the same company, Royal Pin. The Western and the Woodland have 80 lanes and cosmic bowling.

The Jubilee, with 36 lanes, opened in 1964. It closed in 2009 and, by 2011, the bowling pin was gone. The Western opened in 1976, the Western in 1980. The Expo Bowl features a giant pin and a plastic sign - both visible from the interstate. A base remains as evidence that there was a second giant pin there at one time. For more see this website. [Western map]; [Woodland map]; [Expo map]

Art Center
Indianapolis, IN
Action Duckpin
Indianapolis, IN
Radio Radio
Indianapolis, IN
This Art Center sign hands on the Murphy Art Center building. I don't know what business it advertised for originally or if it was brought here from someplace else. The "South East Side" lettering appears to be fairly new. There was obviously a different word where "Art" is now. This sign is lit at night. For more see this website. [map]

The Duckpin Bowling sign is a modern one. It was built in the late 1970s or early 1980s for a local restaurant. It was reworked for Action Duckpin which opened in 1994. The sign is lit at night. For more see this website. [map]

Radio Radio is a live music venue. This sign is a modern one. For more see this website. [map]

Red Key Tavern
Indianapolis, IN
Waffle House
Indianapolis, IN
Waffle House [gone]
Bloomington, IN
The Red Key Tavern was established in 1933. The sign is from the early 1950s and features animated musical notes. The notes are from the song "How Dry I Am." Since 2015, the owner has been trying to raise money to have a replica sign made. It will cost about $14,000. For more, see this website. [map]

These Waffle House locations are unrelated to the Waffle House stores which originated in the South. The Bloomington location opened in 1967. The one in Indianapolis probably opened shortly after that. The Indianapolis sign's waffle panel on top is gone now. The Bloomington Waffle House closed in 2013 and was demolished. That sign is gone. There is an abandoned sign in Indianapolis. [map]

More Indianapolis:
Hedlund's Hardware [map]

IN (page 1) IN (page 2) IN (page 3) IN (page 4) IN (page 5)
Main Signs Page