June/July Trip – Day #23 (Mostly Nebraska)

I’ve got just a few photos to share from the morning in Cheyenne, WY before we move on.

Unforturnately, the neon on this Fraternal Order of Eagles Lodge sign has been “updated” with crappy LED tubing. By night, the tubing sequences between different colors:

The Lariat Motel sign has been missing its neon forever. The word “Motel” was painted over recently as the rooms are being converted into apartments. The owner says that he wants to restore this sign. We shall see:

This sign looks better than it has in many years. The faded & peeling paint has been removed:

This sign must certainly have had neon letters originally.

From the end of the day in Martin, SD:

Moving on now to signs signs from Nebraska. This sign in Crawford previously advertised for the Frontier Bar:

This sign is in Chadron. Those squares look like dice to me with backlit pips for 3 and 4 but I can find no evidence of that:

The Western Trails Sports Post moved to this building in Scottsbluff in 1988. I can’t figure out what the sign looked like before that. This store has closed:

This neon bowling sign in Gering has been updated with plastic letters and LED rope:

This Dairy Sweet location is in Crawford. The chain had over 200 franchises by 1959, with most of them in Iowa but a few were in Nebraska and Iowa. These “kit” walk-up stands were produced in Ankeny, IA. This one has been expanded on both sides. These plastic signs were also mass-produced for the locations, including the boy licking a soft-serve ice cream cone:

On to some buildings. The slipcover on this theatre in Chadron was added in 1967 when it changed its name from the Pace Theatre:

I have not yet figured out the previous occupant for this building in Cheyenne, WY and the reason for the castle paint job. The tower on the corner in the center of this photo used to be taller.

This building in Scottsbluff, NE previously housed the L.B. Murphy department store:

This former Sinclair station is in Sidney, NE. The building is vacant right now:

There are not many of these left is such intact shape. Here’s a vintage photo (no idea where this one was) to show the original look:

Back with lots more Nebraska soon.

Happy trails,
dj & the dogs

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