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New Mexico Signs (page 1)

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Home Furniture
Alamogordo, NM
Rocket Motel
Alamogordo, NM
Rocket Lounge
Alamogordo, NM
White Sands Motel
Alamogordo, NM
The Home Furniture Co. sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The White Sands Missile Range is located just outside Alamogordo. At one time, Alamogordo was known as "the Rocket City."

The Rocket Motel sign was later adapted for a fireworks business many years later. I believe the motel was built in the 1950s. [map]

The Rocket Lounge has been replaced with this strip mall but this sign remains. [map]

For more space-inspired signs, see this page.

The White Sands Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

Bowlin's
Running Indian
Alamogordo, NM
Bowlin's
Running Indian
Las Cruces, NM
Cortez Restaurant [gone]
Carlsbad, NM
Foster Sheet Metal [gone]
Carlsbad, NM
China Lantern Cafe
Carlsbad, NM
Bowlin's Running Indian in Alamogordo is a fireworks and souvenir stand. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bowlin's Running Indian in Las Cruces is located at Bowlin's Old West Trading Post, another fireworks and souvenir stand. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cortez Restaurant had been here since at least the 1950s. The restaurant closed around 2012 and the sign was gone by 2013.

The Foster Sheet Metal building appears to be from the 1940s. This sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The business had closed by 2013 and the sign was painted over. By 2015, the sign and sheet metal man were gone. For more, see this website.

I believe the China Lantern Cafe opened in 1952. This sign is probably from then. This photo is from 2012. By 2013, the building was housing a Mexican restaurant but this sign is still there. [map]

Sands Motel
Carrizozo, NM
B's Nu-Way Cafe
Clayton, NM
Westward
Ho Motel
Clovis, NM
Santa Fe
Clovis, NM
Cuban Cafe
Cuba, NM
The Sands Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

B's Nu-Way Cafe is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

The Westward Ho Motel sign design must have been inspired by the classic Holiday Inn sign. The motel might have had a different name originally and neon where the plastic panels are now. [map]

This vintage Santa Fe sign was originally installed on a freight house roof. When the building was demolished in the 1980s, the sign was removed. After residents demanded it be returned, it was installed as a pole sign. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cuban Cafe sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

More Cuba:
Del Prado Motel [map]

Mirador
Motel [gone]
Deming, NM
Baker Hotel
Deming, NM
Balboa Motel
Deming, NM
Anselment's Butterfield Stage Motel
Deming, NM
The Mirador Motel was still operating when this photo was taken in 2008. By 2012, it had become an American Inn and this sign was replaced with a plastic one. For more, see this website.

The Baker Hotel is closed but this sign remains. The building is from 1886. The sign is probably from the 1920s or 1930s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Balboa Motel has been around since at least 1960. The sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Anselment's Butterfield Stage Motel and sign were built in 1961. The sign was originally animated but is now only partially lit. For more, see this website. [map]

Saints and Sinners
Espanola, NM
Arrow Motel
Espanola, NM
Thunderbird Liquors [gone]
Espanola, NM
The Saints and Sinners liquor store and bar has been here since at least the 1970s. The sign is lit at night. It was repainted sometime after 2010. This photo is from 2012. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Arrow Motel is long closed but this sign remains. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. The Indian's bow and two neon arrows were animated. For more, see this website. [map]

The Thunderbird Liquors sign appeared to be modern. This photo is from 2012. The sign was still there in 2015 but gone by 2016.

Wallace
Furniture
Farmington, NM
Farmington
Muffler & Brake
Farmington, NM
Mister Muffler
& Brake Shop
Farmington, NM
7-2-11 Food Store
Schofield Ln.
Farmington, NM
7-2-11 Food Store
Main St.
Farmington, NM
Wallace Furniture opened in 1941. This sign is probably from then or from the 1950s. The store is gone now but the sign remains. [map]

The Farmington Muffler & Brake sign looks like it might be from the 1960s or 1970s. It appears to have been recently refurbished or reworked. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mister Muffler & Brake Shop sign might be from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

The 7-2-11 Food Store chain originated in Farmington in the mid-1950s. 7-Eleven sued for copyright infringement for using the similar name. The company lost the case. There is another one of these signs in Gallup, NM. [Schofield map]; [Main map]

More Farmington Signs:
Journey Inn Motel [map]

Handy Andy
Grants, NM
Grants Cafe
Grants, NM
Franciscan Lodge
Grants, NM
The Handy Andy grocery store sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. It is lit at night. For more, see this website. [map]

The Grants Cafe opened in 1938. The restaurant was closed when this photo was taken in 2012. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. In 1998, the sign had blown down and was abandoned in a field several miles away. It was recovered, restored and reinstalled in 2002. [map]

The Franciscan Lodge was built in 1950. The sign with the curved arrow was removed around 2012. The pole sign is still there. For more, see this website. [map]

Roarin' 20's
Grants, NM
Sands Motel
Grants, NM
The Roarin' 20's was long closed when this photo was taken in 2012. It was probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. It originally read "Eddie's" under the tacked on plastic box. In 2014, the building was torn down. The sign is still standing. The Grants Main Street Project has expressed an interest in the sign. [map]

The Sands Motel was built in 1950 and is still in operating. These signs are probably from then. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Bel Aire Shopping Center
Hobbs, NM
Bel Aire Bowl
Hobbs, NM
This Bel Aire Shopping Center sign is probably from the 1950s. The Bel Aire Bowl is located in the shopping center. These photos are from 2012. There are plans to remodel the shopping center. I don't know if these signs will remain. These signs were still there in 2013. [map]

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