Day 4: Salt Lake City, Ogden & More

I started the day out on the outskirts of Salt Lake City.  One of my roadtrip techniques is to use early morning hours for a haul out to remote places.  Best to use the time that you can’t shoot (when the sun’s not up yet) for the agonizing driving portions of the trip.  That way you only waste time behind the wheel in one direction.  Does that make sense?  (after midnight here).

Anyhow, let’s start with the Holiday Lanes in Heber City.  This was the last I’d see of the sun for a few hours:



Still in Heber City — but those dark clouds had rolled in.  Note the little atomic neon thingie on the upper left:

I’ll spare you more ugly photos with grey skies and move on to Coalville.  This laundromat has closed and the panel on the other side of this sign is gone.  I doubt this panel will be around much longer.  More examples of these signs and “Norge Balls” at my website here:



From Morgan.  I don’t know if this sign is just simply a modern retro creation or if it was based on a previous sign.  That “Est. 1963” leads me to think there was an earlier sign here like this:




Working my way back to SLC — here’s one from Roy:

This is installed on the roof of the Hi Hat Diner in Clearfield:



This “Seat Covers” sign is also in Clearfield:



One more from Clearfield.  This is now a used car lot.  I don’t know what the sign advertised originally:



From Layton:




Back in Salt Lake City — the most wonderful curved arrow leading you to the entrance.  I’ve never seen another one like this:



On to Ogden for the remainder of this blog post.  The Stimson Market sign.  Most recently Maria’s Market but the building is now vacant:



Fear not — despite those missing tiles on the upper left, Topper’s is still in business:



I love this one — note the missing somethings on those horizontal poles on the left.  Oh, and the mountains in the background.  Have I said lately how gorgeous Utah is?



A detail from the Ben Lomond Printing sign:



I believe this place has been around since at least the 1950s.  But I’m not sure how old the sign is.  By day, it’s pretty plain jigsaw cut letters with the neon laying on top:



The glorious wide & wonderful welcome arch which spans Washington Blvd:



That’s a wrap for this post.  I’ll start working on Day 5 photos now.  Maybe if I get two posts up each night, I’ll eventually catch up during this trip.

Til next time,

dj & the dogs

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