Montana Signs

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Anaconda Signs:
Club Moderne [map]
Copper Bowl [map]
J.F.K. Bar [map]

Augusta Signs:
Wagons West Motel

Big Timber Signs:
City Club Lanes [map]
Timber Bar: 1, 2 [map]

Sunset Bowl
Billings, MT
House of Vacuums [gone]
Billings, MT
1145 Club
Billings, MT
The Sunset Bowl sign is probably from the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

Stuart's House of Vacuums featured old vacuums mounted on poles. This photo is from 2006. The vacuums were still there in 2011 but gone by 2013. For more, see this website.

The 1145 Club is a bar and liquor store. [map]

Muzzle Loader Cafe
& Lounge [gone]
Billings, MT
Parkway Motel
Billings, MT
A Few Books More
Billings, MT
Billings Livestock Commission [gone]
Billings, MT
The Muzzle Loader Cafe & Lounge sign must have been recently restored when this photo was taken in 2006. However, by 2008 this sign was gone and replaced with a backlit plastic sign. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

The Parkway Motel cheese-hole sign appears to be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

A Few Books More features this lightning bolt and some giant books above their store. I assume the lightning bolt was from a previous occupant (an appliance store perhaps?). Does anyone know anything about it? [map]

The Billings Livestock Commission's sign is installed right next to I-90. This photo is from 2008. Sometime after 2015, the neon and the cow on top of the sign were removed. The letters are now backlit plastic. For more, see this website. [map]

Oasis Bar [gone]
Billings, MT
Western Wheel Liquor [gone]
Billings, MT
The Oasis Bar had opened by 1950. This sign is probably from the 1950s. It looked like it had been closed for a while when this photo was taken in 2006. It was still vacant in 2011. In 2017, the sign was sold to a private collector who plans to display it in his conference space at Henry's Garage. For more, see this website.

These photos of the Western Wheel Liquor sign are from 2006. In 2012, the bar was still open and the sign was still there. By 2015, the building was vacant and the upper sign was gone. It is now part of the private collection at Henry's Garage. The wheel and the letters below were gone by 2017. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

McCormick Cafe
Billings, MT
Town House Motel [gone]
Billings, MT
The McCormick Cafe opened in 1998. Although the sign is new, it is still very classy. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Town House Motel featured a wall sign and a freestanding pole sign. These photos are from 2006. By 2009, the signs were gone. The motel had been renamed the Bourbon Street Hotel Tower III. For more, see this website.

Aldrich Lumber Co.
Billings, MT
The Aldrich Lumber Co. was founded around 1920. This store opened in 1938. It relocated in 2011. The waving "JoeDoit" pole sign was moved to the new location. The sign was installed at the new place around 2015. It doesn't sound like the main sign's text panel or the smaller, pennant-carrying signs were saved. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4. [map]

Center Lanes & Lounge [gone]
Billings, MT

The Center Lanes & Lounge opened in the 1940s and closed in 2007. These photos are from 2006. The signs were gone by 2011. For more, see these websites: 1, 2 and 3.

More Billings Signs:
17 Bar & Club [vintage; gone]
Al Bedoo Shrine [gone]
Bair's Gas for Less [vintage; gone]
Casey's Golden Pheasant
Crystal Lounge
Dude Rancher Lodge
Fuller Hotel [gone?]
Hotel Carlin [map]
Lazy K-T Motel [gone]
Monte Carlo Casino [map]
Moose Lodge
Peter Yegen Insurance [map]
Rainbow Bar [map]
Rex Hotel [map]
Spur Bar [vintage; gone]
Standard Bar [vintage; gone]
Supersonic Car Wash [vintage; gone]
Tap Inn

Powder Horn Outfitters
Bozeman, MT
Lewis & Clark Motel
Bozeman, MT
Powder Horn Outfitters opened here in 1946 and I believe the sign is from then. The store is now known as Schnee's Shoes and Boots. This photo is from 2008. The sign was restored and relit in 2012. It has been declared a local historic landmark. The neon rings behind the gun flash sequentially. For more, see this website. [map]

The Lewis & Clark Motel sign was built in 1975. It was designed and built by William J. Sebena, the owner of the motel. He had no sign experience but was assisted by a friend that did. Sebena was inspired by signs in Las Vegas. There are 2,300 incandescent bulbs on each side of the sign. Sebena's daughter now runs the motel and wants to keep the sign as original as possible. She does not plan to update it with LED. The bulbs are broken frequently during hailstorms. The readerboard in the center of the sign revolved originally. The sign's letters are outlined with neon and are lit sequentially. [map]

Ranch House Motel
Bozeman, MT
Blue Sky
Motel [gone]
Bozeman, MT
Order of Eagles
Bozeman, MT
The Ranch House Motel sign has a fun combination of shapes. The curved shape on the right was probably studded with chasing bulbs originally. [map]

The Blue Sky Motel sign and motel were demolished in 2013. This photo was taken in 2008.

This Fraternal Order of Eagles sign is protected by wire mesh. I'm not sure if this is to protect it from the weather or vandals. [map]

More Bozeman Signs:
Baxter Hotel: 1, 2 [map]
City Center Motel [vintage]
Masonic Lodge [gone]
Royal 7 Motel: 1, 2
Western Plumbing

Broadus Signs:
Powder River Lanes [map]

Butte Signs:
Acoma Restaurant [map]
Christie Transfer & Storage
Club 13 [map]
Hotel Finlen (Butte) [map]
Kenwood Motel [map]
Len Waters Music Center [map]
M&M Cigar Store
New Tait Hotel [map]
Skookum Motel [gone]
spinner sign [map]
Star Lanes [map]
Val's Alpine Bar [map]
Pekin Noodle Parlor [map]
Vogue Cleaners [map]

Chester Signs:
Wheat Sheaf Motel [vintage; gone]

Chinook Signs:
Bear Paw Court [vintage; gone]
Chinook Hardware
Elk Bar
Mint Bar

Clinton Signs:
Other Place Bar [map]

Columbus Signs:
Air Bowl [gone]

Conrad Signs:
Lariat Bar [map]

Cut Bank Signs:
Elks Lodge [map]
Moose Lodge [map]

Deer Lodge Signs:
Broken Arrow Steak House & Casino
DownTowner Motel
Mitchell Rooms

Dodson Signs:
Cowboy Bar [map]

Drummond Signs:
Sky Motel: 1, 2 [map]

East Glacier Park Signs:
Sears Motel [map]

Forsyth Signs:
Buff's Bar & Casino

Fort Benton Signs:
Palace Bar [map]

Galata Signs:
Galata Motel [map]

Gallatin Gateway Signs:
Corral Bar

Gardiner Signs:
Jim Bridger Motor Court [map]
Park's Fly Shop [map]
Red's Blue Goose Saloon

Glasgow Signs:
Big G Shopping Center [map]
Campbell Lodge
Eugene's Pizza
Hotel Roosevelt
Johnnie Cafe [map]
Sam's Supper Club [map]
Town & Country Furniture [map]

Glendive Signs:
2992 Cleaners [vintage; gone]
Gust Hauf
Lulhaven [gone]
Masonic Lodge [map]
Oasis Bar

Great Falls Signs:
Cart Wheel Bar [map]
Fox Fine Jewelers [gone]
Heidelberg Bar [vintage; gone]
Little's Lanes [map]
Public Drug Co. [map]
Silent Knight Muffler
Top Notch Lunch [map]

Hamilton Signs:
Montana Cafe
Silent Knight Muffler [map]

Lariat Motel
Hardin, MT
Russell Motel
Laurel, MT
This Lariat Motel sign was built in 1959. It was located about a block away from the actual hotel. It was installed on the roof of a hardware store. The motel had another neon sign in the 1960s. That one was replaced with a plain box sign at some point. Around 2020, the rooftop sign was moved in front of the motel, replacing the box sign. [map]

The Russell Motel opened in 1948. For more, see this website. [map]

More Hardin Signs:
Four Aces Bar & Lounge

Harlowton Signs:
Corral Motel [map]
Graves Hotel
Stockman's Bar

Havre Signs:
Bee Motel [vintage; gone]
Circle Inn Motel [map]
Golden Spike Bar [gone]
Norman's Ranch & Sportswear [map]
Siesta Motel [map]
VFW [gone]

Helena Signs:
Broadwater Inn
Corner Bar
Rialto Club Room

Hilger Signs:
Rainbow Bar [map]

Kalispell Signs:
Rainbow Bar [map]
Vacationer Motel [map]

More Laurel Signs:
Fraternal Order of Eagles [map]
Lohof Motel [gone]

Lewistown Signs:
Masonic Temple [map]
Mint Bar & Grill
Montana Tavern [map]
Moose Lodge [map]
Toomey's Shoe Shop [gone]

Libby Signs:
Big Sky Lumber Supply
MK Steakhouse [map]

Rainbow Motel [gone]
Livingston, MT
Martin's Cafe
Livingston, MT
The Rainbow Motel sign was still there in 2008 when this photo was taken. It was gone by 2009. There was also another sign for this motel which is also gone.

Martin's Cafe was gone but the Northern Pacific Beanery kept this sign. These photos are from 2008. By 2011, the arms with the bulbs were removed. Around 2012, the sign was painted red and black. I assume that this sign originally revolved. [map]

Livingston, MT
Murray Hotel
Livingston, MT
This Coca-Cola sign has been adapted by Sheila K. Hrasky Fine Art. [map]

The Murray Hotel opened in 1904. These signs appear to be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

More Livingston Signs:
former Del Mar Motel [map]
Elks Lodge [map]
Gil's Goods [map]
Livingston Bar & Grille [map]
Owl Cocktail Lounge [map]

Malta Signs:
Maltana Motel
Stine's Nite Club [vintage; gone]

Miles City Signs:
Bison Bar [map]
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Montana Bar
Plaza Shopping Center
Range Riders (now Trails Inn Bar) [map]

Missoula Signs:
Bel Aire Motel [map]
BPOE [map]
Lucky Strike Casino [gone]
Missoula Club [map]
Other Place Bar [gone]
Oxford Saloon
Red's Bar [map]
Ron's Auto Refinishers
Stockman's Bar [map]
Thunderbird Motel [map]
Top Hat Club
Zip Auto Service [map]

Polson Signs:
Cherry Hill Motel [map]
Richwine's Burgerville [map]
Wolf Den [gone]

Red Lodge Signs:
Red Lodge Cafe [map]
Regis Grocery [map]

Roundup Signs:
Arcade Bar [map]
Arena Cafe [map]
Busy Bee Cafe [map]
Van Dyke's Supermarket

Scobey Signs:
Service Drugs [map]

Shelby Signs:
Alibi Lounge [map]
BPOE [map]
Jacobson's Jewelry [gone]
Larson Clothing Co. [map]
Mint Club [map]
Sports Club [map]
Totem Motel [vintage; gone]

Sidney Signs:
Park Plaza Motel [map]

Silver Gate Signs:
Log Cabin Cafe [map]

Superior Signs:
Four Aces Bar [vintage; gone]

Twin Bridges Signs:
Blue Anchor Bar & Cafe [map]

Ho-Hum Motel
West Yellowstone, MT
Timberline Cafe
West Yellowstone, MT
This Ho-Hum Motel sign might have been installed by the road originally where a plastic sign is now. [map]

The Timberline Cafe has been here since the early 1900s. This sign is probably from the 1950s or later. [map]

More West Yellowstone Signs:
Al's Westward Ho Motel [map]
Big Sky Anglers Trout Shop
Dude Motel [map]
Round Up Motel [map]
Westwood Motel

Whitefish Signs:
Casey's Bar [gone]

Whitehall Signs:
Chief Motel [map]

White Sulphur Springs Signs:
Buckaroo Bar [gone]
Mint Bar [map]

Wibaux Signs:
Shamrock Bar [map]
Stockman Bar [map]

Wolf Creek Signs:
Frenchy's Motel [gone]

Wolf Point Signs:
Elks Lodge [map]

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