California Signs (page 7)

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Oasis Market, Cafe & Gas
Catheys Valley, CA
This Oasis Market, Cafe & Gas sign appears to be a former Best Western sign. However, it appears to be smaller and has fewer bulbs. I don't know if Best Western made different versions. The flashing mechanism on this sign works. [map]

Masonic Lodge
Ceres, CA
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge [gone]
Ceres, CA
This Masonic Lodge was established in 1922. This sign may be from the 1950s. [map]

The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge sign was probably from the 1950s or earlier. This photo is from 2014. By 2016, the sign was gone.

Sierra Motel
Chester, CA
Knotbumper Restaurant
Chester, CA
Cedar Chalet Bakery
Chester, CA
The Sierra Motel was built in 1960. This sign appears to be from then. [map]

The Knotbumper Restaurant opened in 1993 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

The Cedar Chalet Bakery opened in 1955. This sign appears to be from then. The bakery is closed but this sign remains. [map]

More Chester Signs:
Timber House Lodge

Chico Signs:
Senator Theatre

Wolfe's Market
Claremont, CA
Wolfe's Market was established in 1917. The store moved to this location in the early 1930s. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Clearlake Signs:
Jules Resort [map]

Clearlake Oaks Signs:
Lake Marina Motel [gone]

Owl Cafe
Cloverdale, CA
The Owl Cafe opened in the early 1930s as the Sunset Motel & Ivy Cafe. At some point, it became known as the Owl Cafe. In 1963, it became Dann's Owl Cafe. The restaurant has been closed since around 2015. These photos are from 2016. The top panel on the pole sign obviously revolved with the owner's name on one side and an owl's face on the other. [map]

More Cloverdale Signs:
La Hacienda Restaurant

Welcome sign
Clovis, CA
The first Clovis Welcome sign was built from wood and installed in 1930. In 1946, it was replaced with a steel sign. That sign was replaced with the current one in 1951. It was restored in 1992. For more, see this website. [map]

Peacock Market
Clovis, CA
Lil Brown Jug
Clovis, CA
Royal Lodge Motel
Coalinga, CA
The Peacock Market sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. Around 2019, all of the neon was replaced with backlit plastic. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lil Brown Jug sign might be from the 1950s. [map]

The Royal Lodge Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Coleville Signs:
Andruss Motel
West Walker Motel [map]

Riverside Lanes
Colusa, CA
OK Used Cars
Colusa, CA
El Troquero Pub
Commerce, CA
Steven's Steak House
Commerce, CA
The Riverside Lanes was built around 2000. The design was based on the Crossroads Bowl sign which was built in 1963 in Williams, CA. The owner of the Riverside Lanes had hoped to restore that sign and install it at his bowling alley. However, the sign fell apart when it was removed. The paint colors of this replica sign were a best guess match of the original. [map]

This OK Used Cars sign is installed at the used car lot of Sankey Automobile Co. These OK signs were mass-produced for Chevrolet. There are only a handful of them still on public display. Most of these rare surviving signs are in private collections now. [map]

The El Troquero Pub originally advertised for Magaly's Cafe. The sign was repainted and the neon was removed. For more, see this website. [map]

Steven's Steak House opened in 1955. The pole sign shown on the left is probably from then. The parking lot sign might have been built later. For more, see this website. [map]

L&M Steel Co.
Compton, CA
Hancock Oil
Compton, CA
Modern Cleaners
Corning, CA
The L&M Steel Co. is closed but this rooftop sign remains. It is probably from the 1950s. [map]

This Hancock Oil sign appears to be from the 1960s. The gas station closed long ago and the oil company no longer exists. This is the only sign of this type on display that I know of. [map]

Modern Cleaners features a nice embossed plastic sign. [map]

More Compton Signs:
M&T Donut Shop

Duck Pond [gone]
Corona, CA
Cupid's Burgers & Tacos [gone]
Corona, CA
Toy Boat [gone]
Corona del Mar, CA
The Duck Pond bar is gone. Maya's Cafe was in the building when this photo was taken in 2013. By 2015, the sign was gone.

Cupid's Burgers & Tacos has been around since the 1950s. The restaurant's name was changed at some point and the sign was taken down. Around 2012, the name was changed back to Cupid's and the sign was reinstalled. The sign was painted over in 2017 and adapted for Frida's Drive-Thru. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Toy Boat toy shop was officially named "Toy Boat Toy Boat Toy Boat. It had been here since at least the 1960s. This photo was taken in 2008. In 2013, the store closed and the sign was removed.

More Corona Del Mar Signs:
Harbor Photo [gone]

Costa Mesa Signs:
Kona Lanes Bowl: 1, 2 (now Cincinnati, OH)

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