Two Weeks for Utah & Idaho — here we go!

Hot.  Hot. Hot.  Besides the stunning scenery, that was the theme of the day.  At 9am in Vegas, it was already 90 degrees.  I think I saw 105 later on someplace in SW Utah.   I saw plenty of locals out running and playing football in this heat.

I’ve been debating about whether to blog or not to blog during trips.  But for tonight anyway, I have the stamina.  So, let’s have at it and start the photo marathon in Baker with this photo from Baker, CA.  The building on the right has a Stuckey’s-like roof — matched in the sign itself.  Closed since forever:

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On to New York City, er, I mean Las Vegas.  I was just here a couple of weeks ago but had a few things on my list that I wasn’t able to get to.

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I stumbled upon a stash of signs just south of Cashman Center.  The Neon Museum has lots of stuff in storage in “undisclosed locations” — so this must be one of them:

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I don’t know when this was built — but it looks 1970s to me.  It’s hard to believe it hasn’t been demo-ed & replaced by now.  Vegas is all about that.  The steakhouse inside it was evidently used for the movie “Casino” starring DeNiro, Pacino, etc.

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A few more photos from Nevada — this one is in Overton:

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From Mesquite — I love the radiator part.  That’s a faded Ford sign at the top:

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This one is right next door.   The teddy bear or fat mouse holding the ice cream must indicate this was a restaurant or ice cream stand — but the place is all storage-y now.

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One more from Mesquite:

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On to Utah now!  This one is in St. George:

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This photo is from Ivins.  I was there to shoot the horse statues for my website’s “Giant Animals” section.  But I left some landscape in this shot for ya.  It looks totally fake, doesn’t it?  Like a mini diorama.  It might be a good time to mention that all the photos in my blog are “clickable” (clicking on them opens them to a larger photo):

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This is just across the Utah border in Fredonia, AZ:

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There are lots of sign “treasures” in Kanab — including this one with the neat light bulb thing.  Scary clouds in the distance but they didn’t come our way:

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Another one from Kanab:  a well-protected (plastic over the neon) sign:

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From Mount Carmel:

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From Hatch.  I’d love to find a vintage postcard to see what the original colors were:

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A strangely adapted Best Western sign in Hatch.  Is that a mountain and a bridge?

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Two unusual scaffold type signs from the Purple Sage Motel in Panguitch.  The main sign (not shown) was a boring plastic sign — so maybe it’s not even the original name.  Here’s a nice sign on the office roof:

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And on the roof of the motel building itself:

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Tucked away in an alley in Panguitch so the sun hasn’t faded it all that much — or they did a very nice understated job of restoring it.  Usually these painted wall signs are garishly overpainted and then… what’s the point?  No history or character left (in my opinion).

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Two more from Panguitch:

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Did they really have to tacky-fy this sign with those plastic “crusing” and “Rte 66” add-ons?  Gawd…

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Last two for this post from Bicknell where I ran out of daylight.  Way up on top of the otherwise boring Aquarius Motel sign.  I’ve never seen one of these light thingies in action.  I believe they didn’t spin but the lights were lit sequentially.  Sure to catch the attention of passing motorists and low flying planes!

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These plastic stick-on-letters signs are really growing on me.  Does anyone remember Colorforms?  They were stick-on vinyl people or parts of people that you could stick on a board, move the pieces around.  I had a bunch of those sets as a kid — including alphabets — which is what these signs are reminding me of now.  I’m thinking probably same era of development.  I also love the random, remaining bulbs on this sign:

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I can’t promise a post tomorrow night — but I’ll try!

dj

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