Days 6 & 7: Texas and Louisiana

I had a few stops in Texas on Day 6 before moving on to Louisiana for a couple of days.

Let’s start with this sign in Jena, LA. Talk about mixed media: plastic, wood, neon… and check out that incredible font and colorful burger:

The Longhorn Travel Plaza in Vinton, LA has a broken neon sign on the side of a storage building:

This theatre is in Ruston, LA:

This abandoned giant mailbox is in Vidalia, LA:

This former Ford showroom in Shreveport, LA was built in 1929. This vintage photo was posted inside the building as the building was being restored:

The building had been in bad shape for many years – one of my photos from 2019:

and now fully renovated in June:

The Evangeline Theatre in New Iberia, LA and sign was also restored recently. Here’s a closeup of the sign:

Fertitta’s started out in Shreveport as a grocery store. This sign now has plastic shields to protect the neon. It was probably installed on front of the building originally:

This later sign was installed when the place became a sandwich shop, featuring muffaletta sandwiches:

OK Cleaners in Shreveport has been closed for years. This former pole sign has been leaning against the building since at least 2008:


Garrison’s in Shreveport opened in 1959. This sign might be from then:

This one in Shreveport originally advertising for Glenwood Drug Store. Around 2008, the sign’s neon was removed and the Village Panel slapped over the Drug Store panel:

The Quintin M. Martin Auditorium is located at Panola College in Carthage, TX:

The Burnett Motel is located in Marshall, TX:

This Kelvinator sign is installed in Abbeville, LA although the appliance store is long gone. Kelvinator was a refrigerator brand:

This giant jester is located in Bossier City, LA at the entrance to the Krewe of Gemini Mardi Gras Museum:

This former Cities Service gas station was recently renovated. It is located in an alley in Minden, LA:

This former A&W Root Beer drive-in is located in Minden, LA:

Let’s wrap up with a few more things from Shreveport, LA. This Greyhound station is now closed:

This building originally housed Brocato’s Stopmoor Restaurant. It was built in 1946 and got a lot of press and attention for its modernity then. The building and sign were adapted for many restaurants after its closed around 2005. The building now houses India’s Restaurant:

Around 2019, the Rountree Used Car sign:

was adapted for Car Giant. I miss the corrugated plastic, colorful toy block letters with the funky font but, hey, it could have been much worse:

That’s it for now. I’ll be back in about a week with more from this trip.

Happy trails,
dj & the dogs

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