Boise Signs

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Pioneer Company
Boise, ID
Crooked Bar Tavern
Boise, ID
Boise Funeral Home
Boise, ID
This Pioneer Company sign is installed on the roof of the Pioneer Tent Building. The building is from 1910 but the business is long gone. The sign, or a likeness of it, has been on the roof since at least 1918. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Crooked Bar Tavern opened in 1956. This sign may be from then. This photo is from 2014. By 2017, the bar had become the Suds Tavern. The sign's top panel was repainted to read "Suds". The neon and bulbs have all been removed. [map]

The Boise Funeral Home opened at this location in 1956 as a crematorium and mausoleum. It became a funeral home in 1963. This sign, or something close to it, may have been built then. [map]

Sterling Battery
Boise, ID
Artsmith's Jewelers
Boise, ID
Sterling Battery opened in 1963 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

Artsmith's Jewelers opened in 1948. This sign appears to be from the 1960s. The neon diamond ring might be older. The diamond used to revolve. [map]

44 Club
Boise, ID
Olympic Hotel
Boise, ID
The 44 Club opened in 1946. This sign might be from the 1960s or 1970s. [map]

The Olympic Hotel was housed on the second floor of the Larson Building which was built in 1910. This sign is probably from the late 1920s or 1930s. The sign's paint was peeling badly until 2015 when it was restored by Rocket Neon. The hotel space is now known as the Olympic Venue and is used for special events and live music. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Grandview Motel
Boise, ID
The Grandview Motel sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

Boulevard Motel
Boise, ID
Around 2004, the Boulevard Motel has been converted into apartments. The sign is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

American Cleaning Service Co.
Boise, ID
The American Cleaning Service Co. opened in 1949. This double-sided sign revolves. I don't know when it was built but it looks fairly modern or it may be a replica of an earlier sign. [map]

Skyvue Grill
Boise, ID
Cabana Inn
Boise, ID
The Skyvue Grill opened in 2013. This sign was built then. The building was built in 1957 for an Arctic Circle drive-in. In 2017, the place closed and the building was demolished. Around 2018, the sign was adapted to read "Skyvue Center" and new stores were built on the lot. [map]

The Cabana Inn sign was installed in the late 1950s or 1960s. Originally, the hat was painted black and the plastic letters read "MOTEL". The open channel letters and the hat's outline are lit with red neon. The plastic panel is still backlit. The plastic tassels were probably internally lit originally. [map]

Boise, ID
Creamer Heating
& Air Conditioning
Boise, ID
This Veltex sign stands in front of the Veltex Building. The building was built in 2002 on the former site of a 1936 Veltex gas station. The gas station had been closed since 1991. The neon sign from the station was saved and restored. [map]

Creamer Heating & Air Conditioning was founded in 1942. These signs might have been installed then. The tags indicate they were built by Idaho Neon Boise. The business is long gone but these signs remain. [map]

Idaho Electric Signs
Boise, ID
Pengilly's Saloon
Boise, ID
Idaho Electric Signs was established in 1984. This sign was probably built then. [map]

The Pengilly's Saloon sign is modern. It was installed sometime after 2012. [map]

Twin Dragon [gone]
Boise, ID
The Twin Dragon opened in 1965. This sign appeared to be from then. The restaurant closed in 2016. The sign was destroyed during the removal process.

sign collection
Boise, ID
The signs shown above are part of Vangie Osborn's vintage sign collection from Boise businesses. She has been looking for years for a space to install them and funds to restore them. In 2014, she reached an agreement with the Idaho State Historical Museum to restore and display the signs. However, nothing has happened yet. For more, see this website.

More Boise Signs:
Al Russell Sport Center [gone]
Hawkes Motors
Jim's Appliance & Furniture
Torch Lounge
Vista Maytag Laundry

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