Montana Signs (page 5)

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Rainbow Motel [gone]
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
Livingston, MT


Martin's Cafe, located at one end of the Livingston Depot, was originally known as the Northern Pacific Lunchroom. Locals simply called it "the Beanery". Martin's closed in 2005 and the Northern Pacific Beanery moved in. The pole sign which was built in the mid-1960s was adapted. The ring at the top of the sign revolved originally. By 2011, the arms with the bulbs were removed. The sign on the building might have been built in 2005. [map]

Murray Hotel
Livingston, MT
Murray Bar
Livingston, MT
The Murray Hotel was built in 1904 as the Elite Hotel. It was renamed the Murray Hotel in the mid-1920s. There were different signs there in the early 1940s, including a "Bar & Lounge" sign on the side of the building where the Murray Bar sign is now. I believe the current signs were built in the late 1940s or early 1950s. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

Livingston Bar & Grille
Livingston, MT
Gil's Goods
Livingston, MT
Owl Lounge
Livingston, MT
The Livingston Bar & Grille went by different names before this one. The bar originally opened in the late 1800s. This sign is probably from the 1940s. For more, see this website. [map]

Gil's Goods was originally a souvenir shop known as Gil's Indian Trading Post. The sign read "Gil's Gifts" then. It was there by the early 1960s but I think it might have opened in the 1950s. This sign is probably from then. The bulb arrow was mass-produced by Superior Electrical Advertising in Long Beach, CA and there are dozens of them still on display around the country. In 2012, the sign was adapted for the Gil's Goods cafe. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Owl Lounge opened in 1963 and this sign appears to be from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Mint Bar
& Grille
Livingston, MT
First Baptist Church
Livingston, MT
Elks Lodge
Livingston, MT
The Mint Bar & Grille opened in the 1920s. The name came from the bar's service of cashing railroaders' paychecks. This sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. The sign was painted green in the 1980s. It was still green in 2008 but repainted a darker shade, almost gray around 2010. This photo is from 2022. For more, see this website. [map]

The First Baptist Church sign might be from the 1950s or 1960s. The plastic cover was installed at some point to protect the neon. [map]

This Elks Lodge was built in 1926. The sign is probably from the 1950s. The porcelain enamel panels have embossed letters. The tag on the side indicates that the sign was built by Artkraft of Lima, OH. [map]

Stockman Bar
Livingston, MT
The Stockman Bar opened in 1903. This sign might be from the 1950s. For more, see this website. [map]

Livingston, MT
2008: 2022:
This Coca-Cola sign was adapted for Sheila K. Hrasky Fine Art. There must have been a restaurant here previously unless the sign was moved from somewhere else. The gallery moved in 2016 and the lower sign panel now advertises for the Health Department. [map]

More Livingston:
former Del Mar Motel [map]
Pine Creek Lodge

Maltana Motel
Maltana, MT
The Maltana Motel was built in 1962 and this sign appears to be from then. [map]

More Malta:
Stine's Nite Club [vintage; gone]

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