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One way to repurpose an old sign

One way to repurpose an old sign

Steve Paulken, city manager for Winslow, Arizona, sent these photos of the old Moore’s Pawn &┬áTrading┬ásign along Route 66 in town being refurbished, thanks in part to a city program. Paulken wrote in an email: This sign has been here…

Kingman building ‘welcome arch’ to its downtown

Kingman building ‘welcome arch’ to its downtown

Kingman, Arizona, is building a “welcome arch” across its downtown Beale Street, according to the Kingman Daily Miner. The arch would be installed as part of Kingman’s participation as a quarterfinalist in the America’s Best Communities contest in which $10…

Signs saved from the demolished Bel-Aire Motel

Signs saved from the demolished Bel-Aire Motel

An article this week in the The State Journal-Register answers one question in the wake of the demolition of the Bel-Air Motel in Springfield, Illinois — what will happen to the neon signs? The short answer: They’ve been acquired by…

The sad decline of the Sun ‘n Sand Motel

The sad decline of the Sun ‘n Sand Motel

Less than three years after it served overnight customers, the historic Sun ‘n Sand Motel in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, has declined into an eyesore and a magnet for homeless people, according to a detailed report this week in the…

Artisan re-creating smaller versions of classic Route 66 neon signs

Artisan re-creating smaller versions of classic Route 66 neon signs

Joel Rayburn of GlassBoy Studios in the Oklahoma City area unveiled three smaller re-creations of classic Route 66 neon signs during the Rockabilly on the Route festival in Tucumcari, New Mexico, this weekend. The re-created signs are El Cajon Motel…

Bel-Aire sputnik will be restored for sign company’s museum

For those who worried about the fate of the sputnik structure atop the doomed Bel-Air Motel in Springfield, Illinois, do not worry. Ace Sign Co. of Springfield removed the sputnik over the weekend and eventually will restore it for its…

Tourism group may take part ownership of Tropics sign

Tourism group may take part ownership of Tropics sign

The Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County is considering an agreement with the city of Lincoln, Illinois, and original owners of the historic Tropics neon sign in an effort to finally restore it, according to the Lincoln Courier newspaper. The…

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