California Signs (page 31)

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Desert Motors
Victorville, CA
New Corral Motel
Victorville, CA
The Desert Motors sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. By 2018, the neon was removed and there was a different used car dealership on the lot and the panels were partially covered with a new name in a vinyl tarp. The panels have now been repainted. [map]

The New Corral Motel was built in 1947. This sign may be from then. The horse on the sign was originally a reddish brown and the text panel was brown. [map]

Brake & Wheel Shop
Visalia, CA
Jack & Jeff Transfer Co.
Visalia, CA
The Rayhill Brake & Wheel Shop sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Jack & Jeff Transfer Co. was established in 1917. The company opened this location in the 1940s. This sign might be from then or the 1950s. [map]

Visalia Tea Garden
Visalia, CA
The Visalia Tea Garden was established in 1922. It moved to this location in 1936. This sign is probably from the 1950s. The restaurant closed in 2019. It's not known what will become of the sign. [map]

More Visalia:
Mearle's Drive-in
Taylor Brothers Hot Dogs
Town Center Pharmacy

West Walker Motel
Walker, CA
Ryde Hotel
Walnut Grove, CA
Ben's Drugs
Walnut Grove, CA
The West Walker Motel was built around 1949. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Ryde Hotel was built in 1927. This sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Ben's Drugs was founded in 1907. The store is gone but this sign remains. It was probably built in the 1940s or 1950s. There is another Ben's Drugs sign around the corner which might be from the 1930s. [map]

Tony's Place
Walnut Grove, CA
Plaza Hotel
Watsonville, CA
The Tony's Place sign appears to be from at least the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Plaza Hotel sign with its ripple tin panels might be from the 1930s. The two-sided sign must have projected from the building originally. The building has been converted into apartments. [map]

More Watsonville:
May Way Shopping Center
Taylor Brothers Hot Dogs
Van's Shoes [gone]

Diggin's Tavern
Weaverville, CA
Hi-Lo Motel
Weed, CA
Townhouse Motel [gone]
Weed, CA
Diggin's Tavern opened in 1956. This sign appears to be from then. The neon has been missing since at least 2007. [map]

The Hi-Lo Motel was built as the Pilgrim's Rest Motor Coach. It became the Hi-Lo Motel in 1951. This sign is probably from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Townhouse Motel sign was previously painted red. In 2018, this sign was replaced with a plastic box sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

More Weaverville:
Weaverville Hotel

Buick [gone]
West Covina, CA
Clippinger Chevrolet
West Covina, CA
Reynolds Buick has been around since 1915. The dealership moved to its current location in 1965. This sign was probably from then. The dealership was updated in 2015 and this sign was removed. For more, see this website.

Clippinger Chevrolet was established in 1921. The dealership closed around 2008. These signs were still on the lot when these photos were taken in 2013. The signs appeared to be from the 1950s. The "Chevrolet" part of the sign on the left originally revolved. By 2015, used cars were back on the lot. The Chevrolet panels had been removed but the Clippinger sign was still there. The "Trucks" sign, shown on the right, was gone. [map]

More West Covina:
Eastland Center

El Mirador Apartments
West Hollywood, CA
International Billiards
Westminster, CA
The El Mirador Apartments were built in the 1920s and opened in 1929. This sign may be from then or slightly after that. The building has been vacant since 2010. It is currently being renovated into condos. [map]

The International Billiards sign is probably from the 1960s. The business was previously known as the Westminster Family Billiards Center. There was an identical sign at Linbrook Family Billiards in Anaheim, CA. [map]

Hammerford Construction
Whittier, CA
2008: 2012:
Hammerford Construction had been here since 1960. This giant hammer sign is probably from that time. By 2010, the sign had been repurposed for other businesses. [map]

Merle West Carpet [gone]
Whittier, CA
Party Snacks Liquor
Whittier, CA
Merle West Carpet was established in 1934. There were at least a half-dozen locations in Southern California but they have all closed now. This sign was probably built in the 1950s. In 2019, it was removed and is now on display at the Valley Relics Museum in Van Nuys, CA.

Party Snacks Liquor opened in 1965. This sign is probably from then. [map]

More Whittier:
Jack's Whittier Restaurant
Twin Palms Village

Traveler's Motel [gone]
Williams, CA
Hotel Van
Willits, CA
Lark Motel [gone]
Willits, CA
Willows Hardware
Willows, CA
This photo of the Traveler's Motel sign is from 2008. By 2012, it was replaced with a backlit plastic sign. For more, see this website.

The Hotel Van was built in 1924. This sign is probably from the late 1940s or 1950s. [map]

This photo of the Lark Motel sign was taken in 2008. In 2015, the sign was removed and scrapped. For more, see this website.

Willows Hardware opened in 1959. This sign is probably from then. [map]

More Willits:
Al's Redwood Room
Pepperwood Motel [gone]
Spring Grove Creamery
Welcome Arch

Willow Creek:
Willow Creek Pharmacy

Don Hotel
shoe repair [gone]

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