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Salt Lake City Signs

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Temple City Motel
Salt Lake City, UT
Siesta Motel
Salt Lake City, UT
Century 6 Theatre
Salt Lake City, UT
Capitol Motel [gone]
Salt Lake City, UT

The Temple City Motel was built in the 1930s or 1940s. The sign "Motel" and arrow part of the sign are believed to be from the late 1940s or early 1950s. The top panels which depict Salt Lake City's Mormon Temple are believed to be from the early 1950s. This photo is from 2014. The sign was restored in 2016. The panels were not repainted so as to preserve the sign's patina. They were touched up in places. The internal wiring and components were replaced. The neon was recreated to match the original tubing. For more, see this website. [map]

The Siesta Motel sign appears to be from the 1950s. The neon has been covered with plastic to protect it from vandals and/or weather. [map]

The Century 6 Theatre was built in 1969 and this sign appears to be from then. The theatre closed in 1998 when a larger Century Theatre was built nearby. The building was demolished but this sign still remains as of this 2014 photo. [map]

The Capitol Motel sign depicted Salt Lake City's Capitol Building. Just after this photo was taken in 2006, the sign fell to the ground and was destroyed. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Ritz
Classic Lanes
Salt Lake City, UT
Bonwood Bowl
Salt Lake City, UT
Sue-Rich Lanes
Salt Lake City, UT
The Ritz Classic Lanes opened in as the Classic Lanes 1958. This 90-foot tall sign was built then. The revolving, backlit plastic panels read "CLASSIC" on one side and "BOWLING" on the other. In 1959, the sign blew over in a storm and crushed about 20 cars at the dealership next door. It was repaired and reinstalled. Around 1967, an explosion destroyed part of the bowling alley. Instead of replacing the damaged lanes, a skating rink was added. The lettering on the giant sign was changed to read "SKATING" on one side. In the 1980s, the rink was removed and more lanes were added. The sign was altered to spell out "CLASSIC" on the "SKATING" side. The giant pin was outlined with red neon. The text below had red and blue neon. In 2015, the bowling alley closed and was demolished. In 2017, the sign was removed. A new sign based on the old one was created using LED instead of neon by YESCO which built the original sign. The sign advertises for the Ritz Classic Apartments. The wording at the bottom now reads "Apartment Homes". For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Bonwood Bowl opened in 1957 and this sign was installed then. The sign was designed by Brimley Brothers Neon. The name came from combining the names of the owners, Bonnie and Woodrow. The "BOWL" letters revolved originally. The bowling pin is eight feet tall. The Trophy Room Lounge arrow sign was added later. In 2018, the sign was struck by a car. It was restored by YESCO. The neon and arrow are gone from the bottom panel. There is now a rectangular plastic panel there now. The "Lounge" letters were replaced with "Bar * Grill" For more, see this website. [map]

The Sue-Rich Lanes sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Der Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe
Salt Lake City, UT
Coachman's Dinner & Pancake House
Salt Lake City, UT
This Der Ratskeller Pizza Shoppe was built in 1973 and this sign must be from then. The building is gone now but this sign remains. There were at least five locations in Salt Lake City and five others in Idaho. I believe this is the only sign left. Unfortunately, one of the face panels is missing now. The sign is installed next to the American Rust Company. The pizza restaurant was located nearby. For more, see this website. [map]

The Coachman's Dinner & Pancake House sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The light inside the lamp flickers at night. [map]

Standard
Builders Supply
Salt Lake City, UT
R&M Seat Covers
& Upholstery
Salt Lake City, UT
Diamond Lil's
Salt Lake City, UT
Fendall's Ice Cream
Salt Lake City, UT
Standard Builders Supply was established in 1948. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The business is gone now but this sign remains. For more, see this website. [map]

The sign at R&M Seat Covers & Upholstery originally spun in two directions like this one in Budd Lake, NJ. These signs were probably built in the 1950s or 1960s. There are only a handful of them left around the country. I don't know what the original business here was. [map]

Diamond Lil's steakhouse opened in 1969. This sign must be from then. The place closed in 2014. The building was vacant and the sign was still there in 2019. For more, see this website. [map]

Fendall's Ice Cream was founded in Salt Lake City in 1910. The company opened an ice cream parlor at this location in 1957. This sign is probably from then. It closed in 1997 and a pizza parlor moved into the main space. Ice cream was still sold by the pints around the back of the building and in supermarkets until at least 2008. There were other Fendall's signs on the building which have been removed. A location in Ogden opened in 2012 but that was short-lived. Fendall's ice cream is no longer being produced now. However, as of 2014, this sign remains and is still lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Ego's (later Bar Deluxe)
Salt Lake City, UT
2006: 2014:
This sign was originally built for The Annex. It had text reading "Dancing" and "Beer" on the horizontal pieces. In recent years, the sign was adapted for Club Six, the Green Guinea, Ichabob's Tavern, and Ego's. In 2007, the sign was adapted for Bar Deluxe. By 2018, the sign had been repainted and there was no business name on it. The building now houses The Beehive. For more, see this website. [map]

Summit Group
Salt Lake City, UT
City Creek Inn [gone]
Salt Lake City, UT
The Summit Group sign originally advertised for the United Electric Supply. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. The neon text on the sign alternated between "United Electric Supply" and "House of Service." The neon was removed by 2006. In 2007, the sign was repurposed for the Summit Group. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The City Creek Inn was built in 1947 as Snyder's Covered Wagon Motor Lodge. There was a different sign there then. It later became the Covered Wagon Motel. This sign was built then, probably in the 1950s. By 2003, the name was changed to the City Creek Inn. The the text was adapted and the sign was restored. In 2010, the motel was demolished and the sign was removed. It is now in a private collection. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Nu-Crisp Popcorn
Salt Lake City, UT
Spiking Tourist Lodge
Salt Lake City, UT
2008: 2014: 2006: 2014:
Nu-Crisp Popcorn was established in 1933. The store moved to this location in 1946. This sign was built in the early 1970s. The bulbs flashed on and off to simulate poppping popcorn. The store has been closed and vacant since around 1994. In 2016, there was talk of relighting or restoring the sign. However, in 2018, nothing had happened. For more, see this website. [map]

The Spiking Tourist Lodge opened around 1946. This sign is probably from then. The sign features a railroad spike. The neon was removed around 2010 and the sign was repainted. For more, see this website. [map]

Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop
Salt Lake City, UT
Mrs. Backer's Pastry Shop opened in 1941. These signs are probably from the 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

McKay Diamonds
Salt Lake City, UT
McKay Diamonds opened here in 1949. This canopy sign supposedly dates from then. However, it looks like a modern replacement to me. For more, see this website. [map]

Art Floral
Salt Lake City, UT
Art Floral opened in 1951. This sign may be from then. [map]

Salt Lake Costume Co.
Salt Lake City, UT
Glen's Key
Salt Lake City, UT
Classic Cleaners
Salt Lake City, UT
The Salt Lake Costume Co. was established in 1889. The store moved to this building in 1958. This sign might be from then. It was built by the Rainbow Neon Sign Co. The store closed in 2005 but the sign remained. Arendal Kitchen Design occupied the building for a few years. However, the space was vacant when this photo was taken in 2014. In 2018, the sign was removed for restoration. In 2019, it was reinstalled at the same location. [map]

Glen's Key has been around since 1924. This sign appears to be modern. [map]

Classic Cleaners was established in 1929. This sign may be from then. It features a ripple tin panels which were commonly used at that time. The side of the sign still bears a YESCO tag. The bottom piece of neon was not lit when these photos were taken in 2014. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Rio Grande Hotel
Salt Lake City, UT
The Rio Grande Hotel was built in 1911 as the Park Hotel. In the late 1940s, it was renamed the Rio Grande Hotel. This sign must be from then. The hotel is now used for low income housing. Around 2011, the neon was covered with plastic to protect it from vandals and weather. For more, see this website. [map]

Dee's Family Restaurant
Salt Lake City, UT
The first Dee's Family Restaurant opened in Salt Lake City in 1932. By the 1970s, there were more than 50 Dee's Drive-ins and Restaurants in the Salt Lake City area. The drive-ins closed in the 1980s. There are about three restaurants left in the Salt Lake City area. This is the only one with a revolving sign and a Dee Burger Clown rooftop weathervane. The weathervane was probably built in the 1960s or 1970s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

More Salt Lake City Signs:
Bratten's Seafood [vintage; gone]
Ding Ho Cafe [vintage; gone]
England Plumbing Supply
First Security Bank [gone]
Gas [vintage; gone]
Granite Furniture
Hires Drive-in
Intermountain [gone]
Kleen Kars Auto Sales (later Mahfood Motors): 1, 2 [gone]
Kuong Jou Cafe [gone]
Master Muffler
Rio Grande Depot [now Ogden, UT]
Scenic Motel: 1, 2 [gone]
Sine's Se Rancho Motel [vintage; gone]
Snelgrove Ice Cream
Union Pacific Railroad
Walker Center

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