Colorado Signs (page 5)

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Trail Riders Motel
Granby, CO
El Palomino Motel [gone]
Grand Junction, CO
The Trail Riders Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

The El Palomino Motel was built in 1955. The sign appeared to be from then. It was originally colorful and had a big bulb arrow, a pine tree, and a woman in bathing suit. There was text that read: "Swim, Heated, Filtered" which was probably removed when the pool was filled in with concrete. The bulb arrow was supported with a pole from the horse's head. There was still a trace of that making the horse look a bit like a unicorn. In 2015, the sign was sold to a collector in Minnesota. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Menagerie Square
Grand Junction, CO
Simmons Lock & Key
Grand Junction, CO
The Menagerie Square sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. It looks like the text panel was updated at some point. I don't know what it read originally. [map]

Simmons Lock & Key was established in 1945. This sign has been covered over with new panels. The original sign most likely had neon. [map]

More Grand Junction:
Fabricare Services

Grand Lake:
Humphrey's Cabin Fever

C.C. Kersey's Garage
Greeley, CO
Freeman's Cleaners [gone]
Greeley, CO
C.C. Kersey's Garage was operating on this corner by 1915. A vintage Texaco sign and non-operating pumps remain although the building is now housing the Greeley Auto Spa. The gas sign has been there for decades. It was rusted and without neon until it was restored sometime between 2012 and 2018. [map]

The Freeman's Cleaners sign appears to be from the 1950s. This photo is from 2004. By 2012, the business and sign were gone.

Weld County Garage
Greeley, CO
The Weld County Garage opened in 1908. It began selling cars in 1910. The business is still operating. This sign was made in 1949 and installed on the roof of the building. When the dealership moved around 2003, this neon sign was brought along. The sign is 60 feet wide and 12 feet tall. It is installed at the back of the dealership's lot. For more, see this website. [map]

Bratton's Office Equipment
Greeley, CO
The Bratton's Office Equipment building originally housed a Safeway grocery store. It closed in the late 1950s. Around 1961, the building began housing Bachman's, an office supply and furniture store. In 1975, the business was sold to Roy Bratton. The name was changed to Bratton's in the mid-1980s. These signs must have been installed then. Although there are no photos of the Bachman's signs, I wouldn't be surprised if they looked similar to the ones built for Bratton's. The first sign shown above which is on the side of the building, might have been adapted. [map]

More Greeley:
Florsheim [gone]
Rainbow Motel [map]
Salzman's Shoe & Boot Repair

Western Motel
Gunnison, CO
W Cafe
Gunnison, CO
The Western Motel was built in the early 1950s and this sign appears to be from then. The panels were originally painted with a wood grain and installed on two poles. The bottom of the small, now orange panel above originally read "The." Later in the 1950s, the sign was moved closer to the ground and the "Western Motel" letters were changed from neon to channel letters with bulbs. The small round panel at the top of the "The" panels was added and painted with an "AAA" endorsement. At some point, the sign was raised much higher and installed on a single pole. There was also a blade sign on the building next door that advertised for the Western Restaurant. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

I believe the W Cafe opened in the 1950s and that this sign is from 1958. [map]

More Gunnison:
Long Holiday Motel

Scheunemann's Department Store
Holyoke, CO
Scheunemann's Department Store was established in 1899. It moved to the current location in 1907. The store closed in 2019 and the contents were auctioned off. The building is still vacant and the sign remains. The sign was probably built in the 1950s. [map]

Miles Court
Holly, CO
Ute Trail Motel
Hot Sulphur Springs, CO
Miles Court was built around 1947. This sign was probably from then. The sign had been repainted at least several times and the motel had been closed for many years. Around 2010, the motel was rebuilt at another location. The sign was restored and reinstalled there. For more, see this website. [map]

The Ute Trail Motel was built in 1957 and these signs are most likely from then. The pole sign was repainted sometime after 2010. For more, see this website. [map]

Hugo Liquors
Hugo, CO
2012: 2022:
The Hugo Liquors sign was built in 1954. In 2017, the sign was restored. [map]

Columbine Inn
Idaho Springs, CO
Kit Carson Fine
Foods & Lounge [gone]
La Junta, CO
The Columbine Inn opened in 1994 and this sign is from then. This photo is from 2012. By 2018, the neon had been replaced with LED tubing. [map]

The Kit Carson Fine Foods & Lounge sign was either removed or destroyed when the Kit Carson Hotel was demolished in 2012. This photo was taken just a few months before that.

Circle Motel [gone]

Lakeside Amusement Park
Lakeside, CO
Most of these signs at Lakeside Amusement Park are from the late 1940s and early 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

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