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Michigan Signs (page 6)

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State Lanes
Saginaw, MI
Bean Bunny
Saginaw, MI
The State Lanes opened in 1959. Part of the sign was replaced between 2005 (first photo above) and 2011 (other two photos). [map]

The Bean Bunny neon sign was built in 1947. It is 35 feet tall, 50 feet wide, with 12 foot tall letters. The sign is mounted on the Klein-Berger grain elevator. The giant pink jackrabbit was the symbol of the Michigan Bean Company's Jack Rabbit Beans. The sign went dark since 1985 but was relit in 1997. In 2006, the building was sold but the new owner allowed the sign to stay. [map]

Stardust Lanes
Saginaw, MI
Aubry Cleaners
Saginaw, MI
Savoy Bar & Grill
Saginaw, MI
parking garage
Saginaw, MI
The Stardust Lanes opened in 1964. The name and sign's lettering were inspired by the Stardust Hotel signs in Las Vegas. For more, see this website. [map]

Aubry Cleaners is gone but this sign remains. [map]

The Savoy Bar & Grill has been around since at least the 1940s. The sign's neon was restored recently. For more, see this website. [map]

This parking garage sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Ippel's
Department
Store
Saginaw, MI
Perkins Drapery Laundry
Saginaw, MI
Mooney's Ice Cream
Saginaw, MI
The Ippel Department Store was established in 1891 and closed in 1981. The building was destroyed in a fire in 2002 but the sign was saved. In 2006, it was restored and installed in a parking lot next to the new Ippel Building. The sign was built in 1935 and is 22 feet tall. In 2011, this sign was joined by the Brenske Plumbing sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Perkins Drapery Laundry window sign was built in the 1960s. The store closed in 2008. The six foot wide sign now hangs inside the new Ippel Building. For more, see this website.

Mooney's Ice Cream was established in 1927 as a butter plant. The company went on to sell ice cream throughout northern and mid-Michigan. The ice cream store in Saginaw closed in 1996 and the building was demolished in 1997. This 33 foot long sign was saved. In 2009, it was restored and installed above a cafe at the new Ippel Building. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Quality Restaurant
Sandusky, MI
The Quality Restaurant is gone but this sign remains. It appears to be from the 1940s. The letters are embossed. The neon tubing has been removed. [map]

Saugatuck:
Marro's Italian Restaurant [map]
Welcome sign [map]

Skyline Motel
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Longships Motel
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
The Skyline Motel sign has been here since at least the 1960s. There used to be a ball above the sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Longships Motel sign had a bigger tack-on, wooden ship in 2010. This photo is from 2011. By 2016, the sign has been repainted and longer ships placed on the panels. Obviously, the sign was advertised for another motel originally. Does anyone know what the name was? For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Lockview Motel
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
VFW Post #3676
Sault Ste. Marie, MI
The Lockview Motel has been around since at least the 1960s. This photo is from 2011. In 2014, the sign was removed for restoration. It was reinstalled in 2015. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The V.F.W. Post #3676 sign is covered with plastic to protect the neon. [map]

More Sault Ste. Marie:
Sno-White Motel [gone; vintage]

Shelby Lanes
Shelby Township, MI
Sunoco
Southfield, MI
Stan's Bar
Spring Lake, MI
I believe the Shelby Lanes opened in the late 1960s. [map]

This Sunoco sign seems larger than other ones that I've seen. It is at a still functioning Sunoco gas station. [map]

The Stan's Bar sign appears to be from the 1940s. For more, see these websites: this website. [map]

Castle Rock Curios
St. Ignace, MI
Gibraltar Trade
Center [gone]
Taylor, MI
Gibraltar Trade
Center
Mt. Clemens, MI
The Castle Rock Curios sign is probably from the 1950s. It had neon letters originally. This tourist attraction consists of a hiking trail up to the top of Castle Rock, Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox statues, and a souvenir shop. Castle Rock has been a tourist attraction since 1928. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Gibraltar Trade Center had identical signs at both of its locations. Both signs were installed next to an interstate. The signs are 94 feet tall and about 32 feet wide. The Taylor location opened in 1980 while the one in Mt. Clemens opened in 1990. I believe both signs were installed in 1990. The Taylor location closed in 2014. The building was demolished in 2015 and I assume the sign is also gone. The Mt. Clemens location and sign are still there. For more, see this website. [Mt. Clemens map]

Sterling Heights:
GM Heritage Center

Mosquito Inn
Toivola, MI
Sibley Gardens
Trenton, MI
Top Cleaners
Utica, MI
The Mosquito Inn has been here since at least 1943. [map]

The Sibley Gardens was established in 1935. The restaurant moved to this location in 1949. The sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Top Cleaners probably opened in the 1950s. [map]

Big John
Vulcan, MI
Bingo's Motel
Wakefield, MI
Big John is a 40 foot tall wooden sign that stands in front of the Iron Mountain Iron Mine. The sign was built in the early 1960s and it has been repainted six or seven times since then. Around 1999, the sign was "redone" with marine plywood to prevent it from peeling. The Iron Mountain Mine features mine tours and a gift/rock shop. For more, see this website. [map]

Bingo's Motel has been here since the 1950s. The complex includes the motel, a garage, and a bar. [map]

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