Texas Signs (page 8)

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Plan-Ex Corporation
Lubbock, TX
Satellite Motel
Lubbock, TX
Stinnett's Food Market
Lubbock, TX
South Plains Fair
Lubbock, TX
The Plan-Ex Corporation, a food store equipment supplier, was established in 1955. This sign may be from then or the 1960s. The company appears to be gone now but the sign remains. By 2021, the panels had been removed and the supporting poles had been painted black. [map]

The Satellite Motel sign is probably from the 1960s. This photo is from 2012. By 2013, the panels had been replaced with new flat plastic versions. These panels have either faded terribly or been painted black. [map]

The Stinnett's Food Market sign is from the late 1950s or early 1960s. [map]

The South Plains Fair was held for the first time in 1914. This sign is probably from the 1950s or 1960s. [map]

former Fiesta Bowl and Fiesta Grill
Lubbock, TX
The Fiesta Bowl and Fiesta Grill were built in 1960. These signs are from then. By 1966, the bowling alley was known as the Brunswick Fiesta Bowl. The "BOWL" sign which was just to the right of the bulb-studded "FIESTA" sign is gone now. The neon is now missing from the Fiesta Grill sign. The building now houses the Fiesta Center, an event space. [map]

Mrs. Baird's Bread
Lubbock, TX
Mrs. Baird's Bread was established in 1908. The company bought this bakery building in 1960. This sign is probably from then. Sometime between 2013 and 2016, the neon letters were removed from the building. The porcelain enamel letters on the facade are still there. [map]

Bolton's Gas
Lubbock, TX
Bolton's Gas was built by the local Bolton Oil Company. The sign is probably from the 1950s. There were about a dozen other Bolton's gas stations built in Lubbock and a few are still open. I don't know if this sign was the only one built or if it's just the only one left. [map]

Teddy Jack's Hub City Grill
Lubbock, TX
Teddy Jack's Hub City Grill opened in 2015. These are modern signs built in a vintage style. Another location, Teddy Jack's Armadillo Grill, with similar signs opened in 2017 in Amarillo, TX. [map]

More Lubbock:
Cook's Garage [map]
MacKenzie Village Shopping Center
Pancake House

Petty's Motor Hotel
Lufkin, TX
Jewell Hudgens Machine Co.
Lufkin, TX
Powell Garage [gone]
Lufkin, TX
The Petty's Motor Hotel sign is probably from the 1950s or early 1960s. The spikes poking out of the top of the sign were originally longer. There was originally a Petty's Restaurant next door. [map]

The Jewell Hudgens Machine Co. was established in 1947. This sign might be from then or the 1950s. [map]

The shape of this Powell Garage sign appeared to have been a Kaiser-Frazer sign originally. This photo is from 2011. The sign was still there in 2016. I'm told that in 2018, it was gone. For more, see this website.

Standpipe Coffee House
Lufkin, TX
The Standpipe Coffee House opened in 2011. When the building was being renovated, a painted brick ghost sign from around 1907 was discovered on one of the previous exterior walls. It was preserved and is visible now inside the coffee shop. The neon sign was donated to the coffee shop. It had been used at a pharmacy nearby but had been in storage for decades. It was adapted for Standpipe. It is probably from the 1940s or 1950s. These signs were mass-produced. There is a similar sign in San Antonio, TX. There was another one in Beeville, TX. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [map]

More Lufkin:
Sun-N-Pines Motel: 1, 2 [gone]
Timberland Shopping Center

Marble Falls:
Blue Bonnet Cafe [map]

Western Motel

Masonic Lodge
Marshall, TX
Burnett Motel
Marshall, TX
Chevrolet OK Used Cars
Marshall, TX
Boggus Ford
McAllen, TX
This Masonic Lodge was built in 1911. This sign is probably from the 1950s or so. Black porcelain enamel Masonic signs are rare. Most of them are blue. [map]

The Burnett Motel was built in 1949. There was a different sign there originally. This one is probably from the late 1950s or earlier 1960s. For more, see this website. [map]

These Chevrolet OK Used Cars were used all over the country in the 1960s. Only a handful are still on display. There must have been a Chevrolet new car dealership next door to this canopy which is now used just for parking. [map]

The Boggus Ford sign appears to be from the 1950s. It's possible that there was another Ford dealership here originally and that the "Boggus" letters were added to the sign later. [map]

More Marshall:
Grand Plaza Shopping Center

Masonic Reading
Room [gone]
McKinney, TX
Smith's Cafe
McKinney, TX
The Masonic Reading Room sign was an unusual backlit design. I have never seen a Masonic sign with "reading room" text before. The Masonic Template relocated in 2019 and this sign is now in storage. There are plans to restore it and display it on the new building.

Bill Smith's Cafe opened in 1956. This cafe sign was built in 1950. I assume it was located somehwere else previously. In 2022, the cafe closed. There are plans to demolish the building and construct a car wash. There are plans to reopen in Van Alstyne in 2024 and the sign will be relocated to the new location. [map]

Welcome sign
McKinney, TX
E.H. Hanby Insurance [gone]
Mesquite, TX
The 30-foot-wide, McKinney Welcome sign was built by Mello Signs and installed in 2020. [map]

The E.H. Hanby Insurance sign appeared to be from the 1940s or 1950s. The office closed around 2016 and the sign was removed.

More McKinney:
McKinney Plaza [gone]
North Side Medical

Camargo's Western Boots

More Mesquite:
Broadway Skateland
McWhorter-Greenhaw Music

former Ferg's Cafe
Miami, TX
2011: 2018:
This sign advertised for Ferg's Cafe in the 1970s and possibly earlier. The neon tubing holes seem to match those letters. I don't know when this sign was built or what the original business was. There may have been another cafe there originally. This sign is also on the pole beneath one of the panels. Ferg's was long gone by 2008. After Ferg's closed, the space housed the KNT Cafe. It now houses the Rafter B Cafe. The sign panels were repainted sometime after 2014. [map]

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