Montana Signs (page 3)

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Longbranch Saloon
Ennis, MT
Buff's Bar & Casino
Forsyth, MT
Palace Bar
Fort Benton, MT
The Longbranch Saloon opened in 1931. This sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

The Buff's Bar & Casino sign appears to be from the 1960s. There was a different Buff's sign there in the 1950s. [map]

The Palace Bar sign is probably from the 1950s. [map]

Galata Motel [gone]

Gallatin Gateway:
Corral Bar

Parks' Fly Shop
Gardiner, MT
Jim Bridger Motor Court
Gardiner, MT
Parks' Fly Shop was established in 1953. The store moved to this location in the early 1960s. This sign might be from then or it may have been moved from one of its earlier locations. For more, see this website. [map]

Jim Bridger Motor Court was built in 1933 as the Jim Bridger Log Cabins. There was a different sign there in the 1950s which looks like it had a cowboy. The current sign was probably built in the 1960s. In 2022, the sign was changed from "Motor Court" to read "Explorer Cabins." For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Gardiner:
Hillcrest Motel
Red's Blue Goose Saloon: 1, 2 [gone]

Town & Country Furniture
Glasgow, MT
Home of the Scotties
Glasgow, MT
Town & Country Furniture opened in 1958 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Home of the Scotties sign was built for Glasgow High School by the class of 1971. The school's sports teams' mascot is a Scottish Terrier. The sign was being repainted in 2022 when this photo was taken. [map]

Sam's Supper Club
Glasgow, MT
Sam's Supper Club had opened by 1962 and closed in 2016. In 2018, the business reopened as Sam & Jeff's and this sign is gone now. For more, see this website. [map]

More Glasgow:
Big G Shopping Center [gone]
Eugene's Pizza [gone]
Hotel Roosevelt
Johnnie Cafe [gone]
Rustic Lodge [gone]

Gust Hauf
Glendive, MT
El Centro Motel
Glendive, MT
Moose Lodge
Glendive, MT
Oasis Bar
Glendive, MT
The Gust Hauf restaurant opened in 1965 and this sign is probably from then. [map]

The El Centro Motel was built in 1950. The sign was replaced later, probably in the 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

The Moose Lodge sign might be from the 1950s. Plastic covers protect the neon tubing. [map]

The Oasis Bar sign might be from the 1940s or 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

More Glendive:
2992 Cleaners [vintage; gone]
Kolstad Jewelers [gone]
Lulhaven [gone]
Masonic Lodge [gone]

Public Drug Co.
Great Falls, MT
The Public Drug Co. opened in 1935 and the signs may have been built then. They were definitely there by the 1940s. In 2009, the building was destroyed by a fire. While the business opened at a temporary location, a new building was constructed at a different spot and the original signs were restored. In 2011, the business reopened and the signs were installed. For more, see this website. [map]

Central Motel
Great Falls, MT
Top Notch Cafe
Great Falls, MT
Cart Wheel Casino
& Liquor Store [gone]
Great Falls, MT
Silent Knight Muffler
Great Falls, MT
The Central Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. [map]

The Top Notch Cafe opened in 1938 as the Top-Notch Lunch. This sign was supposedly built then but it looks more typical of the 1940s or 1950s. [map]

The Cart Wheel Casino & Liquor Store opened in 1961 and this sign appears to be from then. The neon "BAR" letters were gone by 2015. The Cart Wheel closed in 2020. It was demolished around 2022 and the sign was gone in 2023.

I believe that the Silent Knight Muffler chain was founded around 1968. This sign must be from around then or the early 1970s. The top panel originally revolved. The only other remaining sign is in Hamilton (see below). There were other locations in Billings, Missoula, and I assume other cities in Montana. [map]

Lido Bar & Casino
Great Falls, MT
The Lido Bar & Casino opened in 1959. This sign might be modern but it's been here since at least 2007. [map]

More Great Falls:
Fox Fine Jewelers [gone]
Heidelberg Bar [vintage; gone]
Little's Lanes

Silent Knight Muffler
Hamilton, MT
Lariat Motel
Hardin, MT
Corral Motel
Harlowton, MT
Stockman's Bar
Harlowton, MT
This Silent Knight Muffler sign is probably from the late 1960s or early 1970s. The only other sign like this left is in Great Falls (see above). The "Silent Knight" panel originally revolved. This sign still has the original flags on top. [map]

This Lariat Motel sign was built in 1959. It was located about a block away from the actual hotel and 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. This photo is from 2022. [map]

The Corral Motel had been built by 1962 and may actually be from the 1950s. The Parkway Motel in Billings, MT has a very similar sign which was probably built by the same sign company. The sign's original paint color was more of an aquamarine which is still visible on the side of the sign and inside the "Swiss cheese holes." The plywood section was originally a readerboard. The AAA-approved logo has been covered up with the "Kitchenettes" piece. For more, see this website. [map]

The Stockman's Bar bar opened by 1944 and this sign was built around then. [map]

More Hamilton:
Montana Cafe

More Hardin:
Four Aces Bar & Lounge

More Harlowton:
Graves Hotel [gone]

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