North Carolina Signs (page 1)

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Arrowhead Motel
Whittier, NC
Teddy Bear Motel
Whittier, NC
Trader Motel
Cherokee, NC
Pink Motel
Cherokee, NC
The Arrowhead Motel sign must have had neon originally. [map]

The Teddy Bear Motel opened around 1956. [map]

The Cherokee Trader is a gift shop. Their sign is nicely lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Pink Motel opened in the 1950s and this sign is from then. This photo is from 2007. In 2011, the sign was repainted. Disney released the animated film "Peter Pan" in 1953 and this fairy might have been inspired by the Tinker Bell character. This sign is lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Chief Motel [gone]
Cherokee, NC
Princess Motel [gone]
Cherokee, NC
Cindy's Dairy Bar
Cherokee, NC
Wigwam Motel
Cherokee, NC
Three Pines Motel [gone]
Maggie Valley, NC
This Chief Motel sign was removed in 2008 and replaced with a plastic box sign. For more, see this website.

The Princess Motel burned down around 2003 and remained abandoned. The photo is from 2007. In 2010, the building was bulldozed and the sign sold as scrap metal.

This photo of the Cindy's Dairy Bar sign is from 2007. In 2008, the place was operating as Roland's Diner. It has been closed for many years. This ice cream sign was still there in 2013. [map]

Wigwam Motel teepee sign might be from the 1950s. [map]

The Three Pines Motel opened in 1963. This photo is from 2003. Later, this sign was replaced with a plastic backlit sign.

Warrior Motel
Bryson City, NC
The Warrior Motel sign was originally animated. The Indian's tomahawk was sequentially lit in three phases. [map]

Lil' Smoky's Drive-in
Burnsville, NC
Rowland Supply Co. [gone]
Rowland, NC
Cox Family Restaurant
Morehead City, NC
Lil' Smoky's Drive-in opened in 1953. Although the neon has been removed from this sign, it still has a lot of character. [map]

The Rowland Supply Co. Westinghouse sign was still there in 2009 when this photo was taken. There was a church in the space below. By 2013, the sign was gone.

The Cox Family Restaurant features this wonderful house detail. [map]

Pontiac Pointe
Albemarle, NC
Woodard Drug Store
Princeton, NC
Apothecary Shop
Hendersonville, NC
Hendersonville, NC
The Pontiac Pointe restaurant has occupied this former Pontiac dealership since 2009. The owners kept this neon sign. By 2014, the restaurant had closed but the sign was still there. The building was still vacant in 2015. [map]

Woodard Drug Store opened in 1935 and is still in business. This sign appears to be from then. When this photo was taken in 2010, the sign looked recently restored.

The Apothecary Shop building now houses Mike's on Main Street sandwich shop. This sign remains. [map]

The Bildon ferris wheel with sign is 50 feet tall. This photo is from 2007. Bildon closed up soon after that but this ferris wheel was still there in 2014. The panels with Bildon's name and license number have been painted over. [map]

Triangle Motor Inn
Jacksonville, NC
Stag N Doe Pizza House
China Grove, NC
Gary's Barbecue [gone]
China Grove, NC
Masonic Lodge
Bailey, NC
Masonic Lodge
Louisburg, NC
The Triangle Motor Inn features a giant sign with chasing bulbs and an animated flame. [map]

The Stag N Doe Pizza House opened in 1953 and this Pepsi sign is from then. The sign was restored around 2000. The restaurant was named after the owner's favorite pub in England. [map]

Gary's Barbecue had this same style Pepsi sign. The Coca-Cola "Fountain Service" sign was mass-produced. Gary's opened in 1971. The signs were brought here from other places. This photo is from around 2008. Gary's is still there but, by 2014, these signs were gone. [photo thanks Robby Delius]

The Masonic Lodge in Bailey has an unusual and well-maintained neon sign. [map]

The Masonic Lodge in Louisburg was established in the late 1800s. These metal signs might have had neon originally and then were later refurbished with flat metal panels. [map]

Star Lite Motel
Mount Airy, NC
Big Man sign
Mount Airy, NC
Mr. Barbecue
Winston-Salem, NC
The Star Lite Motel features a remodeled Holiday Inn "Great Sign". The sign was repainted and a message board added between these two photos from 2001 and 2010. [map]

This Big Man sign was created for the Big Man Shell Service gas station in the 1950s. There was another location with this sign in Washington, NC. When the photo at left was taken around 2001, it was then a BP station. Sometime between 2001 and 2006, his moveable arm was damaged and he was repainted for Pack's Produce. In 2010 (right photo), the business had become Young Enterprises and the sign was repainted again. [map]

Mr. Barbecue opened here in 1964. In the 1970s, the neon flame replaced a real gas-lit flame. For more, see this website. [map]

Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge
Shelby, NC
Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge was founded in 1946 as Dedmond's Barbecue. The restaurant moved to this location in 1953. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

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