California Signs (page 23)

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Welcome sign
Rio Nido, CA
Flamingo Lounge
Rio Vista, CA
Hap's Bait [gone?]
Rio Vista, CA
The Welcome sign in Rio Nido has ripple tin panels and originally had neon. The sign might be from the 1930s. It was in storage for decades. In 2011, local residents began fundraising to restore the sign. Around 2015, it was repainted and reinstalled near the original location. With limited funds, it was lit by 2022 with LED tubing over the plastic letters. [map]

The Flamingo Lounge sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Hap's Bait sign has been stolen and replaced at least twice in recent years. In 2023, the store moved to Brannan Island State Recreation Area. I don't know if the sign also made the move or if it's gone now.

Striper Cafe
Rio Vista, CA
2014: 2016:

The Striper Cafe opened in the 1930s or 1940s. This sign is most likely from the 1950s. In 2015, an anonymous donor came forward to help the owners with the restoration costs for this sign and the one at Foster's Bighorn described below. The Striper Cafe no longer serves alcohol but the martini glass was left intact. For more, see this website. [map]

Foster's Bighorn
Rio Vista, CA


Foster's Bighorn bar and restaurant opened in 1931. The sign is probably from the 1950s. The interior is filled with Bill Foster's collection of wild and big game trophies which were accumulated during his hunting expeditions. In 2015, this sign was restored with funding from an anonymous donor. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Rio Vista:
Jessen's [gone]

Sire Bar & Grill
Riverside, CA
Tuxie's Drive-in
Riverside, CA
Thunderbird Lodge
Riverside, CA
The Sire Bar & Grill has been here since at least the mid-1950s. The Sire sign was built in 1955. It was refurbished sometime after 2008. This photo is from 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Tuxie's Drive-in opened in 1955 and this sign is from then. [map]

This Thunderbird Lodge was built in 1960. The motel has either been rebuilt or drastically remodeled but the sign remains the same. There are still signs like this in Redding, CA and Chico, CA. There was one in Medford, OR as well. I don't know if this chain existed in other states as well. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Brothers [gone]
Riverside, CA
El Sarape Restaurant [gone]
Riverside, CA
The Stater Brothers grocery store chain was established in 1936 in Yucaipa, CA. I believe this sign was from the 1950s. While the chain is still thriving, there are very few of these neon pylon signs left. Around 2022, the sign was stripped and plastic letters were added. There was another one in Anaheim, CA. [map]

The El Sarape Restaurant opened in 1949. This sign was probably from the 1950s or 1960s. The restaurant and sign were gone in 2021. For more, see this website.

More Riverside:
Riverside Plaza [vintage; gone]

Ford [gone]
Rosamond, CA
This Ford sign was installed at the Kieffe & Sons Ford dealership. The neon had been removed. By 2019, the lot was vacant and the sign was gone.

Owl Club
Roseville, CA
Auto Maxx
Roseville, CA
Lambert Funeral Home
Roseville, CA
The Owl Club opened in 1934. This sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Auto Maxx used car sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. The top panel is painted red on one side and white on the other. It revolved originally but now just blows in the wind. The sign originally advertised for Andrews Lincoln-Mercury. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lambert Funeral Home was established in 1936. This sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

former Dainty Pastry [gone]
Roseville, CA
2008: 2014:
The Dainty Pastry bakery opened in 1946 and closed in 2009. In 2011, the sign was partially covered up with vinyl bearing the new store's name: Rustic Grains. That store was closed by 2015. In 2020, the sign was either adapted or replaced with a sign for Bounty Hunters Cafe. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

West House Hotel & Club
Roseville, CA
The West House Hotel was built in 1906. These signs are from the 1930s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

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