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Texas Signs (page 1)

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Larry's Better
Burger Drive-in
Abilene, TX
Hotel Grace
Abilene, TX
Hot Spot
Abilene, TX
Larry's Better Burger Drive-in has been around since the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Hotel Grace was built in 1909. A fourth floor was added in 1924. The three-sided rooftop sign was probably added in the 1930s. In 1946, the hotel was renamed the Drake Hotel. Two of the letters were changed on the sign then. The hotel closed in 1973. It was purchased in 1987 and renovated. The sign's "G"s, "C"s and neon tubing had been added back to the sign when the The Museums of Abilene opened in 1992. The building now houses The Grace Museum. [map]

The Hot Spot is a tanning salon which opened in 1998. This may be a new sign or a repurposed one. For more, see this website. [map]

Royal Inn
Abilene, TX
N-Tune
Music & Sound
Abilene, TX
Towne Crier Steakhouse
Abilene, TX
The Royal Inn was built in 1958. This giant sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

This N-Tune Music & Sound store has only been around since the early 2000s. This sign originally advertised for the Caldwell Music Company which opened there in 1946. This sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Towne Crier Steakhouse opened in 1966. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

Roberts Studio
Abilene, TX
Roberts Studio opened in 1950. For more, see this website. The photography studio closed around 2012 but these signs remain. [map]

Farolito Restaurant
Abilene, TX
The Farolito Restaurant opened in 1936. These signs appear to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Coca-Cola
Abilene, TX
Ponca Motel
Abilene, TX
2011: 2017: 2011: 2017:
This Coca-Cola sign is installed on the roof of Thomas Everett's Fine Furniture. It advertised for Coca-Cola and D&W Furniture which occupied the building from 1950-2003. The sign was repainted by 2013. Before that, Coca-Cola lettering could be seen in the faded pink paint. The bulb letters must have been added over an earlier hand-painted sign. [map]

The Ponca Motel was built in 1928. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. It originally had neon. The sign was repainted sometime after 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

MidPoint Cafe
Adrian, TX
Dixie Iron Works
Alice, TX
The MidPoint Cafe takes its name from its location on Route 66 at the halfway point between Chicago and Santa Monica. The restaurant opened in 1956 as Jesse's Cafe. This sign is probably from then. The name was changed to MidPoint Cafe in 1995 and the sign was adapted then. For more, see this website. [map]

Dixie Iron Works was established in 1933. The company has been known as MSI (Manifold Systems Incorporated) since 1987. This sign hangs on one of the company's buildings. The neon tubing holes have been plugged. This was probably built in the 1950s as a pole sign. [map]

Maverick Inn
Alpine, TX
The Maverick Inn was built in the late 1930s as the Grandview Courts. It was known as the Siesta Country Inn until recently. This modern sign was created by Todd Sanders of Roadhouse Relics. [map]

More Alpine Signs:
Cozy Court [map]

Southlawn Plaza
Amarillo, TX
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Amarillo, TX
Southlawn Plaza shopping center was built in 1960. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Big Texan Steak Ranch has been around since 1959. When I-40 was built in 1970, the restaurant and sign were moved here. The sign originally had neon and bulbs and was much closer to the ground. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Cowboy Motel
Amarillo, TX
Silver Spur Motel
Amarillo, TX
2011: 2017: 2011: 2017:
The Cowboy Motel is still open but this sign is now missing its neon and bulbs. It is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. By 2013, the sign was repainted and the neon and bulb holes were filled in. Thankfully, the cowboy was not repainted. [map]

The Silver Spur Motel has been around since at least 1951. The neon was removed sometime after 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Cattleman's Club & Cafe
Amarillo, TX
Ding How Restaurant
Amarillo, TX
2011: 2017: 2011: 2012:
The Cattleman's Club & Cafe sign appears to have had neon originally. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Ding How Restaurant opened in 1956. It has been closed for many years. Around 2012, the sign was painted over. [map]

Circus Room
Amarillo, TX
Arrow Motel
Amarillo, TX
Hamlet
Shopping Center
Amarillo, TX
Eastridge Lanes
Amarillo, TX
Santa Fe Building
Amarillo, TX
The Circus Room nightclub opened in 1962. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Arrow Motel was originally known as the Arrow Courts. It has been the Arrow Motel since at least 1955. The sign was configured differently originally with the larger arrowhead just a few feet off the ground and the smaller ones on either side of it. The C-152 Lectra was installed on the pole where it is now as an attention-getter. Below "Motel", the sign used to read "Cafe". In 2015, this sign was listed for sale on Craigslist for $5,000. By 2017, the sign was still there but the C-152 Lectra had been badly bent. For more, see this website. [map]

The Hamlet Shopping Center sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

The Eastridge Lanes opened in 1959 and this sign may be from then. As the paint has faded, the wood of the panels is showing through. [map]

The Santa Fe Building was built from 1928-1930. I don't know when these four rooftop signs were built. They were restored in 2003. For more, see this website. [map]

More Amarillo Signs:
Air-O-Tel [vintage; gone]
Greyhound

Jones McCall Pharmacy [gone]
Andrews, TX
Andrews Motor Inn
Andrews, TX
Malt Shop
Anna, TX
Jones McCall Pharmacy opened in 1955. This sign was probably from then. This photo is from 2012. The sign was still there in 2013. The pharmacy had closed and the sign was gone by 2018.

The Andrews Motor Inn sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. Sometime between 2013 and 2016, the old-fashioned message board was replaced with a digital display. [map]

The Malt Shop opened in 1959 and this sign appears to be from then. It probably had neon originally. [map]

World Baptist
Fellowship [gone]
Arlington, TX
Comet Cleaners
Arlington, TX
Fiesta Motor Inn
Arlington, TX
The World Baptist Fellowship headquarters is still here but this globe sign is gone. It was installed in the 1960s and never revolved. This photo is from 2006. By 2011, the globe had been replaced with a modern plastic sign.

Comet Cleaners was founded in 1923 in Dallas, TX. The chain has 350 locations in 17 states, mostly in the Southwest, and in Mexico. This location and sign are from the early 1960s. It is the last of the company's old signs. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Fiesta Motor Inn sign is probably from the 1950s. Sometime after 2009, the "Motor Inn" neon part of the sign was replaced with the plastic "Americas Best Value" plastic box. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Oasis Motel
Arlington, TX
Candlelite Inn
Arlington, TX
The Oasis Motel was built in 1965. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Candlelite Inn restaurant opened in 1957. In 2014, the building was remodeled and the signs were restored. The candle-shaped sign was moved from its pole near the road to the ground near the front door. For more, see this website. [map]

Pitt Grill [gone]
Arlington, TX
Bill's Trim Shop
Arlington, TX
Babe's
Chicken Dinner House
Arlington, TX
This Pitt Grill sign had been here since the late 1950s or early 1960s. This restaurant was part of a chain. This photo is from 2011. The business and sign were still there in 2015 but both were gone by 2016. There was another location with a sign like this one in Athens, TX. For more, see this website.

The Bill's Trim Shop opened in 1955. This sign is probably from then. [map]

Babe's Chicken Dinner House restaurant has featured this cowboy sign inside since it opened in 2010. The sign was built around 1945 for the Corral Grill in Dumas, TX. It was repainted and restored by the Wellborn Sign Co. in Amarillo, TX in 2007. The cowboy's lasso is animated. For more, see this website.

Caravan Motor Hotel
Arlington, TX
2011: 2017:

Caravan Inn [gone]
River Oaks, TX
The Caravan Motor Hotel was built in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Around 2016, the main corrugated text panels were replaced with flat plastic panels. [map]

The Caravan Inn was originally named the Caravan Motor Hotel. As far as I know, there were other these two locations with identical signs. Sometime between 2006 (first photo) and 2011 (second photo), the River Oaks sign was painted black. In 2012, the motel and sign were demolished. For more, see this website.

Athens Signs:
Pitt Grill [map]

Texas Grill
Ballinger, TX
Bandera Cabaret
Dance Hall
Bandera, TX
The Texas Grill opened in 1961 and I believe the plastic chef sign is from then. The sign shaped like the state of Texas was previously located at the original Texas Theatre which is gone now. The Texas Grill is closed but the signs remain. The Gonzalez Restaurant occupies the space now. [map]

The Bandera Cabaret Dance Hall was established in 1936. This sign may be from then and is most likely painted-over porcelain enamel. [map]

Sartin's Seafood [gone]
Beaumont, TX
gas station
Beaumont, TX
This Sartin's Seafood sign was previously installed on two poles at the original Sabine Pass location which had closed. The sign was 16 feet wide and was built around 1970. It was moved here in 1990 and sat on the ground next to the newer sign. In 2016, the sign was moved next to the building and installed on poles. The sign and restaurant were still there in 2017 but both were gone by 2018. For more, see this website.

I don't know if this gas station sign was unique or mass-produced for a chain. I haven't seen any others like it. The photo on the left reflects how it looked in 2006. By 2009, it had been repainted. The photo on the right is from 2011. There is still an operating gas station on the property. [map]

More Beaumont Signs:
Rosemont Hotel [gone]
Shepherd Laundries Co. [gone]

Beeville Signs:
Coca-Cola [gone]

A-Bob's Bail Bonds
Big Spring, TX
Hotel Settles
Big Spring, TX
The A-Bob's Bail Bonds sign must have advertised for a shoe/boot repair shop or a Western wear store originally. It appears to be from the 1950s. [map]

The Hotel Settles opened in 1930. In 2012, the rooftop sign was replicated for $100,000. It now has LED tubing instead of neon. The pole sign has ripple tin panels and appears to be original. It was also restored. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Wagon Wheel Drive-in
Big Spring, TX
Al's & Son Bar-B-Q
Big Spring, TX
There was originally a Wagon Wheel Restaurant in town with a real wagon wheel on top of its sign and a covered wagon perched on the roof. It had been established by the mid-1950s. By the late 1950s, a similar sign to those at these drive-ins had been installed.

This Wagon Wheel Drive-in is sometimes referred to as "#2". I don't know if the "2" means that it was built after the restaurant or if it was the second drive-in. [map]

Al's & Son Bar-B-Q was established in 1964. Before that, it was a Wagon Wheel Drive-in. [map]

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