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Tulsa Signs (page 1)

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Meadow Gold
Tulsa, OK
The Meadow Gold sign was built in 1934. It had been dark since the 1970s. The sign was removed in 2005 and put in storage. In 2009, the sign was restored and installed near its original site. The original clocks were not saved but were replicated and installed in 2016. For more, see this website. [map]

Coca-Cola
Tulsa, OK
Ehrle's Party & Carnival Supply Store [gone]
Tulsa, OK
This Coca-Cola billboard sign is visible from Highway 64. The letters appear to be filled with modern LED tubing rather than neon tubing. Does anyone know how old this sign is? [map]

Ehrle's Party & Carnival Supply Store opened in 1955. The pole and rooftop signs were probably from then or shortly thereafter. The store moved to a new location and, by 2014, these signs were gone.

Public Service Co. of Oklahoma
Tulsa, OK
Campbell Hotel
Tulsa, OK
Lot-A-Burger
Tulsa, OK
The Public Service Co. of Oklahoma sign was built in 1955. It was the largest electric sign in Oklahoma at the time. The sign is 336 feet long and 40 feet tall and is installed on top of the company’s power station. It is lit at night with 3,249 25-watt bulbs. The incandescent bulbs were replaced with LED bulbs in 2012. The sign has never flashed. For more, see this website. [map]

The Campbell Hotel was built in 1927. It was renovated in 2011. The lettering and neon on this sign were probably updated at that time. [map]

Lot-A-Burger was part of a Tulsa-based chain. The first location opened in 1951. This was the company's second location, built in the 1950s. There are still eight Lot-A-Burgers in Tulsa and Bartlesville but this location is now independent. [map]

Northland
Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK
American Cleaners
Tulsa, OK
Ranch House Restaurant [gone]
Tulsa, OK
The Northland Shopping Center was built in the late 1950s and closed around 1990. The abandoned sign still stands behind the redeveloped shopping center. For more, see this website. [map]

The American Cleaners sign had been repainted with the top part blank when the first photo above was taken in 2006. By 2011, second photo, the sign had been adapted by the Eleventh Street Lofts. Does anyone know the name of the cleaners that was here originally? For more, see this website. [map]

The Ranch House Restaurant sign is probably from the 1950s. The first photo is from 2006. The neon was removed and it was repainted around 2008. In 2009, the sign was repainted again when the name was changed to Nelson's Ranch House. The second photo is from 2011. By 2014, the "Nelson's" part of the sign had been painted over and the building was vacant. By 2015, the sign had been replaced entirely with a new one. For more, see this website.

Nelson's Buffeteria
Tulsa, OK
Nelson's Buffeteria opened in 1929. The restaurant moved in 1949 and that might be when the neon sign was built. The restaurant closed in 2003. The sign was saved by the family. The restaurant was revived at a new location in 2012. These photos are from then. There was plans to install the sign from the original location. However, when these photos were taken six months after opening, there was only this vinyl banner. The star-like sign is a holdover from the previous tenant, Betty Ann's restaurant. It looks like a C-152 Lectra but with the bulbs on the face of the arms rather than the sides. By 2014, the star sign was gone and the banner had been replaced with the original sign. For more, see this website. [map]

Cain's Ballroom
Tulsa, OK
Cain's Ballroom opened in 1924. Numerous country music stars, 1950s rock and roll acts, and contemporary bands have performed here over the years. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Atlas Life Building
Tulsa, OK
Mayo Building
Tulsa, OK
El Rancho Grande
Tulsa, OK
The Atlas Life Building was built in 1922. This four-story tall sign was installed in 1946. The sign features a figure of Atlas holding a globe. The sign was created by Claude Neon Federal. It was taken down in 1998 after suffering wind damage. The sign was restored and reinstalled in 2001. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

The Mayo Building was built in 1910 and expanded 1917. The building has been converted from office space to lofts. This vertical sign is three stories tall. [map]

The El Rancho Grande sign was built in 1950 and installed at the restaurant's original location. It was installed at the current location in 1953. It's not known when the arrow was added to the sign. The first photo above is from 2006; the second from 2011. The sign was completely restored in 2009. The neon is static while the bulb arrow flashes. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Moody's Jewelry
Tulsa, OK
Pioneer Cleaners & Laundry
Tulsa, OK
Moody's Jewelry opened in 1944 and this sign is from then. The is also a another sign on the side of the building. There are four other locations in Tulsa but this is the original one. For more, see this website. [map]

The Pioneer Cleaners & Laundry sign is probably from the 1950s. It looks like the text was changed at some point. The figures are based on the Pioneer Woman statue in Ponca City, OK. [map]

Coney I-Lander
Tulsa, OK
Jim's Coney Island
Tulsa, OK
C & C Tile & Carpet
Tulsa, OK
White River
Fish Market
Tulsa, OK
Mac's Electric
Supply Co.
Tulsa, OK
This Coney I-Lander is part of a regional chain based in Tulsa. "Coneys" are hot dogs topped with chili, cheese, onions, and mustard. The Coney I-Lander's first location, then known as "Coney Island", opened in downtown Tulsa in 1926. This East Admiral Place location was originally built as a Pizza Hut. [map]

I believe Jim's Coney Island opened around 1969. For more, see this website. [map]

C & C Tile & Carpet opened in 1957. This sign is probably from then. [map]

The White River Fish Market opened in 1932 and added a restaurant in 1942. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Mac's Electric Supply Co. opened here in 1965. For more, see this website. [map]

Ann's Bakery
Tulsa, OK
Ann's Bakery was established in 1938. These signs were built around 1950. There was another pole sign from around 1946 that is gone now. For more, see this website. [map]

Admiral Place
Shopping Center
Tulsa, OK
Bob Marshall TV & VCR Repair
Tulsa, OK
Clay's Motor Co.
Tulsa, OK
Crown
Office Furnishings [gone]
Tulsa, OK
The Admiral Place Shopping Center as probably built in the 1950s. [map]

The Bob Marshall TV & VCR Repair sign has been updated a bit. It reads "Radio" under "VCR" and "Marshall" conceals the original business name. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Clay's Motor Co. sign appears to be from the 1950s. The sign probably advertised for another used car dealer or business originally. This photo is from 2011. By 2014, the sign had been repainted for CS Motors. Later that year, the sign had been repainted again for Luis Balan Motors. In 2015, the sign was repainted again for CS Motors. In 2016, the name and phone number had been painted over again. [map]

Crown Office Furnishings was established in 1955. This store was vacant when this photo was taken in 2006. The sign was later demolished.

Desert Hills Motel
Tulsa, OK
Oasis Motel
Tulsa, OK
Western
Capri Motel [gone]
Tulsa, OK
The Desert Hills Motel opened in 1957 and this sign is probably from then. The sign was restored in 2004. These photos are from 2011. [map]

The Oasis Motel sign is probably from the mid-1960s. A postcard from 1962 shows a simpler sign. [map]

The Western Capri Motel and sign were built in the 1950s. In 2006, this neon sign was replaced with a plastic box sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

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