South Dakota Signs (page 1)

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Webb Shoe Company [gone]
Aberdeen, SD
Twist Cone
Aberdeen, SD
Webb Shoe Company had been around since 1909. This sign was obviously from much later. The store closed in 2015 and the sign had been removed by 2018. These signs were mass-produced. There is another one in Mansfield, OH.

I believe the Twist Cone opened in 1983. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Village Bowl
Aberdeen, SD
The Village Bowl opened in 1960 and these signs appear to be from then. [map]

More Aberdeen Signs:
Aberdeen Loans [map]
Mercury Cleaners [gone]

Crossroad's Motel
Beresford, SD
Masonic Lodge
Brookings, SD
Charly's Restaurant
& Lounge
Chamberlain, SD
The Crossroad's Motel was built in 1970 and this sign must be from then. [map]

This style of Masonic Lodge sign was used nationwide. These glass globes are rare now. Another example can be found in Gonzales, TX. [map]

The Charly's Restaurant & Lounge sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. It was repainted sometime between 2006 and 2008. It is lit at night. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

More Brookings Signs:
Prairie Lanes

Studebaker [gone]
Deadwood, SD
Terrace Motel [gone]
Deadwood, SD
Elks Lodge
Deadwood, SD
Penny Motel
Deadwood, SD
This Studebaker sign is located at the Boondocks which has a diner, classic cars, and carnival rides. This double-sided sign would originally have been installed at a dealership. Boondocks closed in 2015. It reopened in 2018.

The Terrace Motel sign is probably from the 1950s. It was originally installed on a shorter brick base. The motel was replaced with the First Gold Hotel. This sign was saved and put on a pole underneath the hotel's sign. By 2018, the hotel had become a Travelodge and the sign was gone. For more, see this website.

This Elks Lodge sign looks like it was recently refurbished or rebuilt. This photo is from 2012. [map]

The Penny Motel opened in 1950 and this sign is probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

More Deadwood Signs:
Wild Bill Bar (now Eagle Bar) [map]

Edgemont Signs:
Stockman's Bar [gone]

Fensel's Motel
Freeman, SD
The Fensel's Motel sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Hot Springs Signs:
Historic Log Cabin Motel [map]

Huron Signs:
Fair City Lanes [map]
Humphrey's Drug Store [map]
Old Myers Pub [gone]
Top Hat Motel

Kadoka Signs:
Wagon Wheel Motel [map]

Midland Signs:
covered wagon [map]

Woelfel's Jewelry
Mitchell, SD
2008: 2012:
Woelfel's Jewelry was established in 1904. These signs are probably from the 1950s. The blade sign was well-maintained when these photos were taken in 2008. In 2009, it was repainted silver and black. In 2020, the business closed and The Diamond Store moved into the building. The sign is still there but the name on top has been covered up with modern panels with the new name. [map]

Chef Louie's
Steak House
Mitchell, SD
Corn Palace Motel [gone]
Mitchell, SD
Chef Louie's Steak House was established in 1940. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. This photo is from 2008. By 2015, the neon has been replaced with backlit plastic. The three text panels at the bottom of the sign have been replaced with one plastic panel. The restaurant also has a giant bull in their parking lot. [map]

The Corn Palace Motel sign had plastic additions which imitated the onion domes of the nearby Corn Palace. These photos are from 2006. Around 2012, the plastic onion dome shaped pieces on top of the poles were damaged in a storm and destroyed. By 2015, the entire sign had been replaced with a rectangular, backlit plastic panel. For more, see this website.

Mobridge Signs:
Last Chance Liquors [map]

Fawn Motel [gone]
Pierre, SD
The Fawn Motel was named after Fawn Pashby who opened the motel in 1955. This sign is probably from then or a few years later. This postcard shows what may have been the original sign. In 2012, the sign was removed and replaced with a modern sign. The old sign was donated to Rosenbaum Signs. After the sign's restoration, it was donated to the South Dakota State Historical Society in Pierre where it is displayed. For more, see this website.

More Pierre Signs:
Carl's Bait Shop [vintage; gone]

Bob's Shoe Repair
Rapid City, SD
Brass Rail Lounge
Rapid City, SD
Bob's Shoe Repair opened in 1946 and this sign may be from then. [map]

The Brass Rail Lounge sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

Stardust Motel
Rapid City, SD
Rapid City
Laundry [gone]
Rapid City, SD
Who's Hobby House
Rapid City, SD
The Stardust Motel opened in 1971. After the Black Hills Flood of 1972, the Stardust moved to its current location at the former Impala Motel. It reopened in 1974 and this backlit plastic sign was erected in 1975. The letters closely resemble the font used for the original Star Wars movie which was released in 1977. The "ST" is an exact match. The sign is about 20 feet tall. It is no longer lit. [map]

The Rapid City Laundry was established in 1919. It had been at this location since 1928. The animated sign is probably from the 1950s. One source says it was built in 1938. This sign was lit at night until the store closed in 2010. The sign was removed and the owner is keeping it. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

The Who's Hobby House opened in 1950. The name came from the original owner's initial (WHO). This sign was built in 1951. The store sells model kits, arts and craft supplies, trains, etc. [map]

South Dakota Stockgrowers Association
Rapid City, SD
The South Dakota Stockgrowers Association rooftop sign was built in 1958 by Rosenbaum Signs and Outdoor Advertising. The company continues to maintain the sign. It was restored in 1999 for about $7,500. The sign had been dark since around the 1980s. The panels are original and are about 20 feet tall. [map]

Black Hills Bagels
Rapid City, SD
Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Outlet
Rapid City, SD
Chute Roosters
Restaurant & Museum
Hill City, SD
Black Hills Bagels opened in 1997. I assume this sign is from then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Mt. Rushmore Black Hills Gold Outlet has been here since 1976. This giant sign might be older than that. The first photo was taken in 2008. By the second photo from 2012, the sign had been repainted and the "See it Now" pan was gone. [map]

I believe the Chute Roosters Restaurant & Museum was established in the 1970s. This sign was made by Rosenbaum's Signs. It might have been produced by the same artist that made the sign for Black Hills Gold. The sign appears to be made from plywood. [map]

More Rapid City Signs:
Piggly Wiggly [vintage; gone]

Arrow Bar [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
DeLux Motel
Sioux Falls, SD
Bob's Cafe [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
Jim & Ron's Auto Service
Sioux Falls, SD
The Arrow Bar opened in 1939 and closed in 2006. This sign may have been from the 1950s. However, it looked so clean that I suspect it was either a replica or entirely new, built in the style of 1950s signs. This photo is from 2006. By 2012, the sign was gone.

The DeLux Motel was known as the De Lux Auto Court in the 1940s or 1950s. This sign is probably from the 1950s. In 2015, the sign was put up for sale on eBay. However, it was still there in 2018. [map]

Bob's Cafe opened in 1951 as Ray's Drive Inn. I don't know if whether this sign was built for Ray's or Bob's. The woman depicted on the sign was the supposedly either Ray or Bob's wife. In 2017, the business was sold and was to become Cluckin' Good Chicken and BBQ. However, in 2018, the building was still vacant and the sign was still there. In 2019, the sign was removed and put up for sale. For more, see this website.

Jim & Ron's Auto Service was established in 1963. This sign may be more modern than that. The shop relocated soon after this photo was taken in 2012. It was reinstalled at the new location. [map]

Crow Bar & Casino Lounge
Sioux Falls, SD
The Crow Bar & Casino Lounge sign on the left was built in 1954. [map]

Sunset Strip Pawn
Sioux Falls, SD
Nites Inn
Sioux Falls, SD
The Sunset Strip Pawn sign was built in 1960 for Sunset Strip Liquors. The pawn shop changed the text on the black part of the sign when they opened here in 1986. [map]

The Nites Inn sign was built around 1976 for Smith's Motel. The sign was adapted by Nites Inn around 1990. This photo is from 2011. By 2016, the neon letters had been replaced with backlit plastic letters. For more, see this website. [map]

Nyberg's Ace Hardware
Sioux Falls, SD
Crown Casino
Sioux Falls, SD
Nyberg's Ace Hardware was established in 1958. There are now four locations in town. This one opened in 1967 and this sign is probably from then. The backlit plastic letters were originally neon. For more, see this website. [map]

I don't know how old the Crown Casino sign is. This photo is from 2012. By 2017, the neon had been replaced with backlit plastic. [map]

Ideal Yardware
Sioux Falls, SD
Robson Hardware
Sioux Falls, SD
Gaslight Saloon
Sioux Falls, SD
Ideal Yardware opened in 1946. The store moved here around 2007. This sign appears to have been built at that time as a simulation of the previous sign. That sign was probably from the 1950s. The neon alternated at night between "Yardware" and "Hardware" with a flashing "Y" and "H". For more, see this website. [map]

The Robson Hardware sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

This Gaslight Saloon sign might be from the 1960s or later. For more, see this website. [map]

American Legion [gone]
Sioux Falls, SD
El Riad Shrine Temple
Sioux Falls, SD
This American Legion sign was probably from the 1950s. It was removed around 2020.

The El Riad Shrine Temple building appears to be fairly modern or recently remodeled. These neon signs might be modern. [map]

Sioux Empire Fair
Sioux Falls, SD
The Sioux Empire Fair began operating in 1940. This sign appears to be from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

More Sioux Falls Signs:
Carousel Skate
Sport Bowl

Sisseton Signs:
City Bakery [gone]

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