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Kentucky Signs

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Ashland:
Don's Men's Shop

Belew's Dairy Bar
Aurora, KY
Old Kentucky
Home Motel [gone]
Bardstown, KY
Little Town &
Country Restaurant
Bedford, KY
Belew's Dairy Bar opened in 1951. This drive-in restaurant features car hop service. [map]

The Old Kentucky Home Motel was built in 1955. This sign appeared to be from then. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the sign had been repainted and basically ruined. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Little Town & Country Restaurant is still in business. The neon has been removed from the sign. There is a broken broaster chicken logo on top. For more, see this website. [map]

Hutchens Drive-in
Benton, KY
Big Jack Liquor & Beer
Boston, KY
Hutchens Drive-in, aka Hutchens BBQ, opened in 1947. [map]

Big Jack Liquor & Beer sign features a moonshine jug and wooden plank. The business is now known as Boston Beverage. [map]

Berea:
Masonic Lodge
L. Marion Oliver Insurance

Crossland Motel [gone]
Bowling Green, KY
Spot Cash Store [gone]
Bowling Green, KY
Crescent Bowl [gone]
Bowling Green, KY
The Crossland Motel had been around since at least the 1950s. This photo is from 2007. By 2010, the motel had been demolished and the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

The Spot Cash Store was a men's clothing store which opened in 1929. This sign was built in 1952. This photo is from 2010. In 2011, Labold and Sons Salvage moved into the building. The business kept the sign and restored the neon in 2012. In 2015, the business closed and the sign was removed. For more, see this website.

The Crescent Bowl featured identical signs to that in Donelson, TN. I believe both of these places were both built by the Crescent Amusement Company which built bowling alleys near their theatres. The Donelson Lanes opened in 1957 and the Crescent Bowl opened in 1960. In 2014, the Crescent Bowl closed and the building was demolished. This sign may have been purchased by a collector. For more, see this website.

Horse Shoe Camp Cottages
Bowling Green, KY
Bone's Auto Electric & Air
Bowling Green, KY
The Horse Shoe Camp Cottages were also known as the Horse Shoe Court. They were built in 1935 and had been abandoned since the 1970s. In 2014, there was a devastating fire. I don't know if the buildings are salvageable. The rooftop sign was reportedly saved. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bone's Auto Electric & Air sign appears to be from the 1940s or so. [map]

More Bowling Green:
Judy's Castle (former Dog House) [map]
Walt's Allstate Transmission Service
Western Hills Motel [vintage; gone]

Burnside:
7 Gables Motel

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Holiday Motel
Cave City, KY
Jerry's Restaurant [gone]
Cave City, KY
Star Motel
Cave City, KY
2001: 2007: 2001: 2007: 2007: 2010:
The Holiday Motel sign was repainted and some of the neon was removed between 2001 and 2007. For more, see this website. [map]

Jerry's Restaurant was part of a Kentucky chain. By 2010, this sign had been replaced with a plastic box sign. The restaurant was closed as well. By 2013, the only thing left was a vacant lot. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Star Motel sign still had a ring of neon stars around it in 2007. By 2010, the sign had been stripped down to the frame with stars painted on the side. It still remains like this. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Caveland Motel
Cave City, KY
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company
Corbin, KY
Jackson Florist
Covington, KY
The Caveland Motel was named after the nearby Mammoth Cave National Park. There was another sign here originally. This sign was installed by the mid-1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

This Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company building looks to be from the 1950s or 1960s. I have not seen a Pepsi cap sign like this before. [map]

Jackson Florist has been around since the 1890s. This sign looks like a scaled down 1950s neon sign replica in plastic. [map]

More Corbin Signs:
WCCT [map]

More Covington Signs:
514 Building [map]
Rich's Jewelers [map]
Sam's Ice Cream [map]

Cynthiana:
Roh's Opera House

Dix-E-Town Lanes
Elizabethtown, KY
Masonic Lodge
Frankfort, KY
Moore's Point Liquors
Frankfort, KY
Moose Lodge
Henderson, KY
former Bernstein's
Men's Wear [gone]
Henderson, KY
The E-Town Lanes, aka the Dix-E-Town Lanes, is located on the Dixie Highway. It has been here since at least the 1960s. The sign is partially lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

This Masonic Lodge sign was in bad shape around 2004. It had been completely refurbished by 2010 when this photo was taken. I've never seen a Masonic sign shaped like this before. For more, see this website. [map]

The Moore's Point Liquors sign is probably from the 1940s or earlier. There are a number of these whiskey signs in Kentucky in both blue and red porcelain enamel. This is the only one I have seen with an arrow. [map]

This Moose Lodge sign was in great shape when this photo was taken in 2010. By 2014, the neon had been removed. [map]

Bernstein's Men's Wear is gone but this sign remains. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the neon had been removed and the sign painted over for Bernie's Boutique. [map]

Elkton:
Hotel Jefferson Davis

Flemingsburg:
Oldsmobile

More Frankfort:
liquor store [gone]

Manhattan Motel
Hopkinsville, KY
Ferrell's Hamburgers
Hopkinsville, KY
Kleen Rite Cleaners
Hopkinsville, KY
Kentucky Ice Cream
Horse Cave, KY
The Manhattan Motel sign's design is very similar to the former Faubus Motel in Huntsville, AR. [map]

Ferrell's Hamburgers opened in 1929. The interior features a seven-stool counter. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Kleen Rite Cleaners has it all: plastic, neon, bulbs, a clock and flags. [map]

This Kentucky Ice Cream sign continues to hang although there is no ice cream shop below it. I don't know if Kentucky Ice Cream was a brand or a chain of stores. [map]

More Hopkinsville:
Little River Motel [map]

Ivel:
Alpike Motel
Smith Drugs

Jamestown:
Lake Cumberland Motel

Burger Shake
Lexington, KY
Lexington
Motor Inn
Lexington, KY
Burger Shake opened in 1957 and this rooftop sign is from then. The price on the sign was originally lit with neon and read 19 cents. This photo is from 2010. In 2011, the price of a hamburger rose to 99 cents and the sign's letters were updated. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Lexington Motor Inn sign is probably from the 1960s. The horse portrait and the text panels have probably always been plastic with no neon. Lexington is home to the Kentucky Horse Park and claims to be the Horse Capital of the World. This photo is from 2010. By 2012, the yellow text panels were replaced with white ones. [map]

former Southland
Bowling Alley
Lexington, KY
J.W. Davis Builder
& Real Estate
Lexington, KY
Happy the Glass Man
Lexington, KY
The Southland Bowling Alley sign was built in the early 1960s. The building and sign were designed by the architectural firm of Johnson-Romanowitz. The sign caught fire in 2007 and was rebuilt by 2009. This place is now known as Collins Bowling Center. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The clock on the J.W. Davis Builder & Real Estate sign was still working when this photo was taken in 2010. I assume the top part of the sign was some sort of landscaped scene with a house. Does anyone know what it was? [map]

Happy the Glass Man was established in 1914. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

More Lexington Signs:
Boot's Bar [gone]
Catalina Motel
Dutch Mill [in storage]
Motorola Radio [map]
New Circle Blue Grass Restaurant [gone]
Parkette Drive In
Skuller's Jewelry [map]
Sparks-Terrell Hardware [gone]

Melody Lanes
Madisonville, KY
Mayfield Electric & Water Systems
Mayfield, KY
The Melody Lanes sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Mayfield Electric & Water Systems still provides power supplied by the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority). This sign was installed in 1955. It stopped working in the 1960s. In 2010, just a few months after these photos were taken, this sign was restored with LED bulbs. [map]

J.C. Everett Co.
Maysville, KY
Sherwin-Williams
Paints
Maysville, KY
Charlie's Steak House [gone]
Oak Grove, KY
J.C. Everett Co. is now known as Everett's Ace Hardware. They have been here since 1896. [map]

The Sherwin-Williams Paints sign remains although there is no paint store there now. This sign was probably mass-produced but this is the only one that I know of to still exist. [map]

Charlie's Steak House had been here since at least the 1960s. The rooftop sign was repainted just before this photo was taken in 2010. In 2011, the place was destroyed by a fire. By 2013, the building and sign were gone. For more, see this website.

More Maysville:
EAT Gallery [map]
Washington Opera House [map]

Murray:
Corvette Lanes

Newport:
Brass Ass Lounge

Raines Shoe Hospital
Owensboro, KY
Mills Drug Store
Owensboro, KY
International Order
of Odd Fellows
Owensboro, KY
I believe the Raines Shoe Hospital has been here since 1946. [map]

This embossed plastic sign at Mills Drug Store is probably from the 1960s or 1970s. By 2012, the store had closed. I don't know if this sign is still there. [map]

The International Order of Odd Fellows sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Owen Cleaners
Paducah, KY
Paducah Beauty School
Paducah, KY
Gateway
Villa Motel
Radcliff, KY
Shelby
Motel [gone]
Shelbyville, KY
Owen Cleaners was founded in 1920. The company now has six locations in town. This sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Paducah Beauty School is still open. The sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Gateway Villa Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. I think the motel is closed now. For more, see this website. [map]

This photo of the Shelby Motel sign is from 2007. The motel was demolished later that year. The sign disappeared in 2008. For more, see this website.

Paris:
Jerry's Restaurant [map]

Pikeville:
Frozen Custard [vintage; gone]

Prestonburg:
IOOF
Jerry's Restaurant [gone]

Richmond:
Grigg's Motel

More Shelbyville:
Frigidaire [map]

Somerset:
Lay-Simpson Furniture [map]

Stanford:
Sunset Motor Lodge [map]

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