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Kansas Signs (page 3)

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White Haven
Motor Lodge [gone]
Overland Park, KS
Mission Hill Cleaners
Overland Park, KS
Otto's Cafe
Pittsburg, KS
Little's Inc. [gone]
Pittsburg, KS
Jim's
Steak House
Pittsburg, KS
The White Haven Motor Lodge was built in 1957. The 35 foot tall sign was built for $4,000 when the motel opened. The owners picked out the design from photos at the sign shop. The original paint scheme is intact. The motel closed in 2010 and the sign was purchased the the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee, KS. It will remain in storage until the museum moves to a larger location. The sign will be restored at that time. For more, see this website.

Sometime after 2001, the Mission Hill Cleaners sign was repainted and the neon was removed. The sign is probably from the 1950s. This photo is from 2010. For more, see this website. [map]

Otto's Cafe opened in 1945. This sign was probably installed at that time. For more, see this website. [map]

Little's Inc. was a women's clothing store. It opened at this location in 1955. This photo is from 2010. The shop closed in 2013. The sign was gone by 2014 and the building was housing a law office.

Jim's Steak House opened in 1938. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It is lit at night. The design bears a strong resemblance to the Alesi's Pizza House sign in Lafayette, LA. For more, see this website. [map]

Park City:
Hotel Pacific [map]

Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary
Pratt, KS
Prime 8 Inn
Russell, KS
Sunflower Motel
Russell, KS
The Ayres-Calbeck Mortuary was established in 1892. This sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

I believe the Prime 8 Inn sign advertised for the Kent Motel originally. [map]

The plastic panel part of the Sunflower Motel sign looks like it might have revolved. [map]

Sabetha:
Koch's Motel [map]

V.F.W.
Salina, KS
Starlite Motel
Salina, KS
Budget King Motel
Salina, KS
Airliner Motel
Salina, KS
Wood Fashion Plaza
Salina, KS
This V.F.W. sign is similar to the one shown above in Hutchinson. [map]

The Starlite Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. This Starlite Motel sign in Minneapolis, MN has an identical top. [map]

The Budget King Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Airliner Motel sign is also most likely from the 1950s. It has obviously been updated and altered a bit but the neon appears intact. [map]

The Wood Fashion Plaza sign originally read "Wood Fashion Cleaners". It was adapted sometime after 2006. The sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Salina Supply
Company
Salina, KS
Edgington
Music Co.
Salina, KS
Vernon Jewelers
Salina, KS
Hedges Neon Sales
Salina, KS
The Salina Supply Company was established in 1919. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Edgington Music Co. is now Midwest Music but this sign remains. I don't know if the neon clarinet is lit anymore. [map]

Vernon Jewelers opened here in 1884. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell] [map]

Hedges Neon Sales has been around since at least the 1950s. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

More Salina:
Flamingo Aptel: 1, 2 [map]

Seneca:
Starlite Motel [map]

Empire Motel
St. Francis, KS
Topeka Steak House
Tecumseh, KS
Sunset Motel
Tonganoxie, KS
The Empire Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Topeka Steak House opened in the 1950s. This sign was restored sometime after 2007. This photo is from 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Sunset Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. I don't know if the light at the top was original or if this sign is missing a piece. The neon is missing but the porcelain enamel colors have held up well. [map]

More St. Francis:
Stuart's Jewelry

Topeka Electric Motor Repair
Topeka, KS
Topeka Electric Motor Repair has been in business since around 1910. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It was restored sometime after 2008 and is covered with plexiglass to protect the neon from vandals. [map]

Cardinal Building Services
Topeka, KS
Tevis Restaurant [gone]
Topeka, KS
Pointer Apartments [gone]
Topeka, KS
Cardinal Building Services, a janitorial business, has kept this sign from the former occupant. I believe this was originally a flower shop. [map]

The Tevis Restaurant opened in 1965 and closed in 2007. This sign is gone now. For more, see this website. [photo thanks Glenda Campbell]

The Pointer Apartments sign originally had neon and advertised for the Pointer Motel. This sign has been there since at least 1956. This photo is from 2010. By 2013, the dog on top of the sign was gone.

Gage Center
Topeka, KS
Gage Bowl North [gone]
Topeka, KS
The Gage Center shopping center was built in 1959. The peeling green paint reveals the red sign underneath. [map]

Gage Center Bowl opened in 1960 and Gage Bowl North opened in 1961. Both locations had the same signs. Gage Center Bowl has a folded plate canopy of the entrance. Gage Bowl North closed in 2011. By 2014, the sign on the building had been removed and the pole sign was covered up. The owner plans to use the building for restaurant and/or retail space. The Gage Center Bowl signs were refurbished in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Jayhawk Tower
Topeka, KS
The Jayhawk Tower was originally known as the Hotel Jayhawk which was built in 1926. The hotel closed in the mid-1970s. In 1982, it was converted into an office building. At that point, the signs' lettering was changed from "Hotel" to "Tower". The two, identical rooftop signs are believed to be from 1926. The 35 foot tall Jayhawk signs were restored in 1999. They were repainted just before these photos were taken in 2010. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Topeka:
Sunflower Motel [gone]

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