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 must have had some nice neon originally.

The Teddy Bear Motel opened around 1956.

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

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.

Chief Motel
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 boring plastic version. 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. While still open, there was a "property for sale" sign there in 2013.

Wigwam Motel features a sweet old teepee-shaped sign. The name and sign might have been inspired by Redford's Wigwam Villages which were established in the late 1930s.

The Three Pines Motel opened in 1963. This sign was replaced with a plastic backlit sign and the motel was put up for sale. I believe it might be gone now.

Warrior Motel
Bryson City, NC
The Warrior Motel sign was once animated. The Indian's arm with the tomahawk moved up and down.

Lil' Smoky's Drive-in
Burnsville, NC
Rowland Supply Co.
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.

The Rowland Supply Co. is long gone but the sign remains. There is a church in the building below now.

The Cox Family Restaurant features this wonderful house detail.

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.

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 is now home to Mike's Sandwich Shop but this sign remains.

The Bildon ferris wheel sign is 50' tall. It no longer operates and might be torn down. For more, see this website.

Triangle Motor Inn
Jacksonville, NC
Stag N Doe Pizza House
China Grove, NC
Gary's Barbecue
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.

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.

Gary's Barbecue features the 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. [photo thanks Robby Delius]

The Bailey Masonic Lodge has an unusual and well-maintained neon sign.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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