Denver Signs (page 2)

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University Hills Plaza
Denver, CO
Parkway Cleaners
Denver, CO
Dive Inn
Denver, CO
University Hills Plaza shopping center was built in 1956. This sign is probably from then. In 2021, the sign's neon was replaced with LED tubing. For more, see this website. [map]

The Parkway Cleaners was originally known as Martin's One Hour Cleaners. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This cocktail glass, sign-topper is located at the Dive Inn which has been at this location since 2012. The bar housed BJ's Carousel from 1977-2011 and this sign was there then. I don't know what business was here before that but the sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Anchor Motel
Denver, CO
Denver Autos
Denver, CO
Lake Steam Baths
Denver, CO
Bonnie Brae Tavern
Denver, CO
The Anchor Motel was built in 1955. I believe this sign is from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Denver Autos used car lot sign previously advertised for Autorama. I don't know if that was the original business associated with this sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Lake Steam Baths opened in 1927 and is still operating. The sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2012 when the plexiglass panels were still on the sign to protect the neon tubing. By 2017, the sign appeared to have been restored and those ugly panels were gone. For more, see this website. [map]

The Bonnie Brae Tavern opened in 1934 and closed in 2022. The building has been sold to a developer which will erect apartments on the site. The sign(s) will supposedly be displayed on the new building. [map]

Campus Lounge
Denver, CO
The Lumber Guy
Denver, CO
Town & Country Motel [gone]
Denver, CO
The Campus Lounge opened in 1949 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lumber Guy's sign was built around 2000. This photo is from 2012. In 2014, the business closed. The sign was still there in 2017. By 2019, the panels had been adapted for GRACE (Globeville Riverfront Art Center). [map]

The Town & Country Motel was built in 1952. These signs are most likely from then. In 2020, the building was demolished. The signs were supposedly saved by the property owner. I don't know if they will be displayed elsewhere or at the new development.

Music Company
Denver, CO
Eddie Bohn
Pig 'N Whistle
Motel & Restaurant
Denver, CO
Western Hills Motel [gone]
Denver, CO
Aristocrat Motor Hotel
Denver, CO
Flesher-Hinton Music Company opened in 1951. This sign is probably from then. The store moved to a new location in 2015. In 2018, it was announced that the sign would be adapted for the building's new tenant, Feral Mountain Co. However, the sign still reads "Flesher-Hinton Music" in 2021. The neon and bulbs have been removed. [map]

This Eddie Bohn Pig 'N Whistle Motel & Restaurant was built by Eddie Bohn, a successful boxer in the early 1920s. In 1924, he opened a gas station and hamburger stand on West Colfax Avenue. In 1926, the buildings were replaced with a larger station and Bar-B-Q restaurant. By the 1930s, a motor court with cottages was added. The complex was known as the Pig 'N Whistle Village. The name was borrowed from the Los Angeles restaurant which is still operating. By 1949, there was a T-shaped neon sign on the corner reading "Motor" across the top and "Hotel" vertically below. In the mid-1950s, this 50-foot-tall pole sign was installed. With the completion of Interstate 70 in the mid-1960s, business at "The Pig" began to wane. Eddie died in 1990 and the gas station, restaurant, and motel closed by the following year. The surviving restaurant building burned down in 2010. The only thing that remains of the complex is this sign. This photo is from 2012. In 2015, a medical marijuana store opened on the property. In 2019, a new property owner renamed the store the Pig 'N' Whistle and funded the restoration of the sign. It was patched, sanded, and repainted on-site by Morry's Neon. The readerboard and dancing pig acrylic inserts were replicated. New neon was installed and the sign was relit in 2020. During the restoration, flashers were discovered inside the sign indicating that it was originally animated. The "H" and "M" alternated, spelling out "Hotel" and "Motel". The big, powder blue abstracted arrow was sequentially lit, pointing at the motel. Due to current city sign codes, those animated features could not be restored. For more, see this website. [map]

The Western Hills Motel was built in 1955. This sign appears to be from then. There was originally a panel with horses pulling a covered wagon on top of the flat part of the sign. Since this photo from 2004 was taken, the neon "Motel" has been replaced with backlit plastic letters. In 2018, the sign was undergoing more remodeling. All of the letters are now backlit plastic. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

The Aristocrat Motor Hotel was built in 1964 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Cameron Motel
Denver, CO
2012: 2022:
The Cameron Motel was built in 1956. These signs may be from then. The text panels were originally painted light green. The main sign's support panels might have been painted with a textured brown woodgrain. By 2014, the AAA panel was painted over. In 2022, the motel was demolished for an apartment tower. The developer is supposedly saving and restoring one or both of the signs. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Candlelight Tavern
Denver, CO
Duffy's Cherry Cricket
Denver, CO
The Candlelight Tavern sign is probably from the 1950s. These photos are from 2012. The sign was restored in 2013. For more, see this website. [map]

Duffy's Cherry Cricket opened in 1945 as Mary Zimmerman's Bar. The bar moved to this location in 1950. In 1965, it was renamed Duffy's Cherry Cricket and the sign was built then. The top part of the sign revolves or at least it did originally. It is now known as the Cherry Cricket Restaurant but the sign remains the same. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Denver Signs:
Ahwahnee Motel [vintage; gone]
Benjamin Moore Paints
Billy's Inn
Bonnie Brae Ice Cream
Buckingham Apartments
Bungalow Liquors
Colonial Manor Motel: 1, 2 [gone]
Crown Lanes
Don's Club Tavern
Dutch Boy Donuts [gone]
Horizon Lounge
Hotel Newhouse
Jonas Brothers Furs
La Fiesta Restaurant
Leetsdale Liquors [map]
Lion's Lair
Music Bar [map]
Olin Hotel [map]
Pagliacci's [gone]
Pete's Kitchen
Royal Host Motel: 1, 2 [gone]
Shepherds Motel
Taco House
Westcraft Carpets
Westway Motel
Zion Baptist Church

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