June/July Trip – Day #1 (Nevada)

Here we go! I returned home from this 33-day trip a few days ago with another 4,000+ photos for the website (roadarch.com). As I add each day’s batch to the site, I’ll be posting a sampling of photos here to this blog and to Flickr (different photos both places). The weather was mostly cooperative and I powered through Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Colorado. I ran out of time in Colorado so I’ll pick up where I left off in that state next year. Let’s get to it.

I made a pitstop in Amboy, CA to shoot the repainted Roy’s Motel/Cafe sign and shot this guy which I don’t think I had noticed before. The school closed in 1999 but this sign remains:

From Yermo, CA — this Crazy Horse sculpture is located in the Liberty Sculpture Park:

Let’s move on to some Las Vegas stuff. Unfortunately, this sign was partly shaded by the trees but I still love the cars, shapes, etc.:

The bottom panel must have been hit by a truck at some point:

The Milan Bakery sign is pretty rough but still worth shooting. The building originally housed the Salvation Army in 1952. So, I assume the sign (which must have had neon) was built then since the bakery didn’t move in until 1966. I’d love to see what this sign looked like originally. The bakery’s been closed since 2010:

This one was also shot at the wrong time of day (bad shadows) and I’ll try to reshoot it next year. It was recently restored:

Another one with some irritating shows. The perfect time of day to shoot it… but alas that freaking streetlamp:

The Fong’s Garden sign is still there, thank god:

The original sign was spectacular (yes, the entrance structure on the left is also gone):

This Flickr photo shows what the later sign looked like with backlit plastic & neon:

This long-vacant gas station from 1931 has been really jazzed up with paint:

The Dino’s Lounge sign is from 1962 (still operating):

This one was painted red and white earlier this year (was blue and gold previously):

This place opened last year:

I had enough energy to scoot into St. George, UT and get a few night shots – including this modern sign at the Pasta Factory:

That’s enough for now. I’ll be back in a week or so with more Utah photos.

Happy trails,
dj & the dogs

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s