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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…

Former Kingman Club reopens

The former Kingman Club tavern in downtown Kingman, Arizona, has reopened as The House of Hops, with its original neon sign from 1944 restored and glowing, according to the Kingman Daily Miner newspaper. Owner Stacy Thomson reopened the tavern at…

A typical day on the Santa Monica Pier

A typical day on the Santa Monica Pier

If you hold any lingering doubts whether the “66: End of the Trail” sign on the Santa Monica Pier is an attraction, check out how many people use it as a photo op during this time-lapse video. END OF TRAIL…

Pixar short film uses Route 66 motel as its setting

An upcoming short film by Pixar Animation Studios, “Sanjay’s Super Team,” uses a Route 66 motel as its setting. That’s because the short’s director, Sanjay Patel, saw his parents buy and operate Route 66’s Lido Motel in San Bernardino, California, according…

What I did on my vacation

What I did on my vacation

The answer is: not much. It is supposed to be R&R time, after all. However, my ever-creative companion Emily (aka Redforkhippie) was busy at the historic Blue Swallow Motel in Tucumcari, New Mexico, painting images of extinct neon signs that…

What’s left of the Club Cafe

What’s left of the Club Cafe

The teardown of the long-closed Club Cafe in Santa Rosa, New Mexico, began a few weeks ago. Acting on a tip, we found this striking scene on what was the interior of the restaurant, its roof removed and open to…

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