Fresno Signs (page 3)

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Big Fresno Fair
Fresno, CA
2013 and 2014: 2019 and 2020:
2013: 2018:
All of the signs at the Big Fresno Fair came from local businesses.

The Hacienda Motel was owned by the Hacienda Hotel Casino in Las Vegas, NV which also had locations in Bakersfield, CA and Indio, CA. I believe all of these motels were built in the 1950s. The Las Vegas and Bakersfield Hacienda Motels also had this same style horse and rider sign. The Las Vegas sign was built in 1967. Therefore, this sign was probably built at or around that time. The motel closed around 1973. At some point the sign was moved to the Mendes General Store which sells Western clothing. The 2013 and 2014 photos were taken there. In 2016, the pole sign in Fresno was removed from the Mendes store. It was restored and installed at the Big Fresno Fair. The other two horse and rider signs are either in storage at a sign shop or have been sold to a collector. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The Fresno Motel sign was built in the 1950s. In 2016, the sign was removed. The sign was recreated by A-1 Signs. For more, see this website.

The Mars Drive-in restaurant opened in 1947 and this sign is from then.

The plastic sign was originally located at a LesterBurger in Fresno. The chain was established in 1960 and this sign is probably from around then. For more, see this website.

I believe the revolving Hallowell Chevrolet sign is from the 1970s.

The Louie Kee Market opened in Fresno in 1923. The store moved a couple of times after that. The sign is probably from the 1950s. The store closed and the sign was removed in 2016. In 2017, after it was restored, it was installed at the Big Fresno Fair. For more, see this website.

Lily's Beauty Salon was open by 1952. This sign is probably from around then.

The El Patio Club sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. For more, see this website.

The Paul's Cleaners was in business from 1930 to 1981. This sign is believed to be from the late 1940s.

The DiCicco's Pizzeria was originally installed at a shopping center in town. I don't know how old it is but it was modeled after the original sign that probably dates to 1956.

Evans Electric Service was established in 1928. This sign appears to be from the 1940s or 1950s.

The Fresno Beer sign is supposedly from 1903. The painted lettering behind the channel letters indicates that the metal letters were added later. I don't know if the sign had bulbs originally or if it was simply a painted, unlighted sign.

Town House Motor Hotel
Fresno, CA
2008: 2013: 2019:
The Town House Motor Hotel had been here since at least the 1950s. The sign appears to be from then. By 2013, the sign had been repainted. By 2019, the sign was part of the sign collection at CNI Signs.

College Pharmacy
Fresno, CA


The College Pharmacy was established in 1937. When the store closed in 2005, the rooftop sign was adapted for Repeat Performance. By 2014, only the rectangular plastic panel was left on the roof and the freestanding letters on the awning. The letters are gone now, too. The mortar and pestle sign and the sign on the side of the building are now located at CNI Signs.

Halwood Automotive Service
Fresno, CA
2005: 2019:
Halwood Automotive Service sign featured the cute slogan "No Idle Boast". By 2011, this business was gone and sign was removed. The sign is now at CNI Signs. [2005 photo Daniel F.]

CNI Signs
Fresno, CA
This collection of vintage signs is located at CNI Signs. There are dozens of local signs inside the shop and in the lot outside. Among them are signs from Angelo's Drive-in and a couple of Foster's Freeze signs. There also some signs from outside Fresno, including signs from the El Capitan Hotel in Merced, CA. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

More Fresno Signs:
Candy Motel [vintage; gone]
Cedar Lanes
Eagle Cafe
Gas [gone]
International Motor Sales
Jensen & Pilegard
Lou Gentile's Flower Basket
Ranch-O-Tel [vintage; gone]
Vagabond Motor Hotel [gone]
various theatres
Welcome sign

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