email: roadarch@outlook.com

Texas Signs (page 4)

(hit "refresh" to get the most recent version of this page; click on photos for larger images)

Ayers Center
Corpus Christi, TX
Chicken Shack
Corpus Christi, TX
J.M. Dyer's
Department
Store
Corsicana, TX
Roy's Cafe
Corsicana, TX
Tatum Air Conditioning
Corsicana, TX
The Ayers Center shopping center was probably built in the 1950s. It was definitely open by 1957. [map]

The Chicken Shack restaurant chain was established in Waco, TX in 1934. Before long, there were at least nine locations in Texas. The Waco location closed in 1995 and the other surviving locations were gone by then or soon after that. In 1997, the chain was revived in Corpus Christi. That restaurant moved to this location in 2006 and this sign was built then. It was based on the original Waco sign. There are at least two other original signs in private collections. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

J.M. Dyer's Department Store is gone but this sign remains. The building was constructed in 1935 and this sign might be from then. [map]

Roy's Cafe started in 1928 as the City Cafe. The City Cafe moved to the current location in 1932. In 1936, it became Sue's Cafe. The name was changed to Roy's Cafe in 1941. This sign may be from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Tatum Air Conditioning has an embossed, plastic Carrier sign. These signs were mass-produced but there are only a handful left around the country. [map]

Used Cars
Corsicana, TX
Blackford Printing
Corsicana, TX
This Used Cars sign dates to when the building was occupied by Norris-Hamilton Motors. The company was selling used cars here from at least 1946-1969. The service building has been gutted and now houses picnic tables for the restaurant next door where the dealership was located. This sign remains. [map]

Blackford Printing was established in 1946. This sign may be from then. [map]

Bill's Fried Chicken
Corsicana, TX
Crandall Cotton Gin
Crandall, TX
Bill's Fried Chicken has been around since at least the 1970s. The restaurant moved to this location around 2007. This sign is attached to a modern sign pole with a plastic box sign. The neon sign was not displayed at the old location. It probably came from somewhere else. [map]

The Crandall Cotton Gin building housed a cotton gin until 1986. It reopened as a restaurant around 1996. This sign appears to be from then. The building was badly damaged in a fire in 2014. The building was demolished in 2017 but the sign is still there. [map]

Polks
Crockett, TX
Arnold Cotton Co. [gone]
Crockett, TX
Fair
Department Store
Cuero, TX
The Polks sign is probably from the 1950s. I don't know if this was a store, a restaurant, or another type of business. [map]

The Arnold Cotton Co. storefront had been vacant for years but this sign remained. This photo is from 2011. The sign was removed around 2014. The sign was probably from the 1950s or earlier.

I believe this Fair Department Store was part of a Texas chain. The sign has either been completely refurbished or is a replica. [map]

More Cuero Signs:
Frers Jewelers [gone]

Eighter from Decatur Motel
Decatur, TX
2011: 2017:
The Eighter from Decatur Motel was located northwest of town. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. It later became the Eighter from Decatur Apartments and the bottom part of the sign was repainted. The sign was removed by 2012. In 2016, the sign was put on display downtown, in some rocks next to a parking lot. The phrase "Eighter from Decatur" refers to shooting eight with dice in the game of craps. It has long been a source of pride to Decatur and the dice and phrase are used on the city's welcome signs. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Denison Signs:
Allen's Plumbing & Heating

Howdy Doody
Drive-in Grocery
Denton, TX
Logan's Shoe Shop
Denton, TX
The Howdy Doody Drive-in Grocery which had at least 15 locations in town at one point. This is the company's only vintage sign as far as I know. [map]

Logan's Shoe Shop has been here since the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

E-Z Chek #4
Denton, TX
Morrison's Corn-Kits
Denton, TX
E-Z Chek #4 was originally part of a local grocery store chain. I believe this is the only sign like this left. The E-Z Chek #7 sign is gone now. For more, see this website. [map]

The Morrison Milling Company was established in 1886. In the 1960s, the mill began producing Morrison's Corn-Kits, a cornbread mix. This much older looking sign must have been updated at that time. At night, the neon letters changed from Corn-Kits, Pan-Kits, and Bis-Kits. The company is considering replacing the neon with LED lighting. [map]

Phillips 66
Devine, TX
Mr. Burger
Dimmit, TX
This Phillips 66 sign is probably from the 1960s. It is installed in front of a Phillips 66 gas station which has been boarded up since at least 2008. This photo is from 2018. [map]

I believe the Mr. Burger chain was established in Texas. There are other locations in at least Oklahoma and Arkansas. There are very few locations with these signs left. They were probably built in the 1960s and/or 1970s. Most of those locations have closed and these signs have been repurposed like this one in Coleman, TX. Most surviving locations have replaced these bulb signs with plastic box signs. The sign in Guymon, OK is now on the side of the building. The one in Dimmit might be the only one left in Texas. [map]

Harlowe's RV Park
Early, TX
Greer's Western Store
Eastland, TX
Harlowe's RV Park has been here since at least 2007. This sign appears to be from the 1950s. Maybe this sign has always advertised for the RV Park or maybe there was another business here originally with this sign. Does anyone know more about it? [map]

Greer's Western Store started out as a boot and shoe repair business in 1935 in Ranger, TX. The business was moved to Eastland in 1981 and operated as Greer's Department Store. The store has been at its current location since 1998. The sign looks like it might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Doc's Drugstore
Eastland, TX
Doc's Drugstore opened in 2016. This sign is an adapted vintage sign, most likely from the 1940s or 1950s. The sign read "Nap's Drug Store" when it was located in Breckenridge, TX. [map]

Edgewood Signs:
Rabe's Service Station

KULP
El Campo, TX
The KULP radio station was founded in 1948. The sign might be from then or the 1950s. [map]

Falfurrias Butter
Falfurrias, TX
Falfurrias Butter was first produced here in 1909. This sign is now displayed on the side of the original Creamery building. This sign might be from the 1950s. The brand is still sold in Texas grocery stores but is produced by Keller's Creamery in Winnsboro, TX. [map]

TX (page 1) TX (page 2) TX (page 3) TX (page 5) TX (page 6) TX (page 7)
TX (page 8) TX (page 9) TX (page 10) TX (page 11) TX (page 12)
Austin Dallas Fort Worth El Paso Houston San Antonio

Main Signs Page