to December 2004
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News - Monday, December 20, 2004
the Farmington New Mexico Western Tire Man?
Farmington, NM - The Western Tire store, or as
the locals call it, the store with big man on top is closing this
year or the beginning of next year in 2005. The business has served
here for 49 years in Farmington, NM. It is sad to see it go. The
rumor is that the man will be sold on Ebay.
If you're interested in saving this roadside icon, please email
Many thanks to Bill K. for update.
News - Friday, October 15, 2004
are getting wild at the Wildwoods...
Wildwood and Wildwood Crest, NJ - As reported
by the Doo Wop Preservation
League, many of the old signs and landmarks are coming down
in the Wildwoods. During a roadside visit this past weekend, it
was evident that crews were going full bore at demolishing the Satellite
Motel. Many other motels in Wildwood Crest, including the Carousel,
Avanti and the Tally Ho were closed down with demolition signs posted.
Looks like the condo development push is accelerating and the situation
appears a bit alarming at the Wildwoods. Please visit the Doo
Wop Preservation site to find out how to help.
Photos to come soon from the Wildwoods as well as Atlantic City
and Manhattan, NY.
News - Monday, September 13, 2004
Miscellaneous News from the Road...
Las Vegas, NV - Happened to see the Algiers
Hotel the Thursday before Labor Day weekend and was happy to
see that things were lit up as normal. Well, news is the Algiers
closed down that Friday and is now impending demolition. So much
for the short lived optimism...
Reno, NV - The summer air is nice in Reno, however
the wind seems to have shifted a bit and change appears to be in
the air. The Comstock Hotel stripped its neon lettering and starbursts
off the building with only scars remaining (thanks to Eric Fleck
for this info). In addition, the Ponderosa Hotel on Virginia just
got rid of its huge neon tree and replaced it with a large plastic
sign. Construction is well underway on the large lot where the Gold
Motels once resided. Not sure what else changed as things just
"sniffed" of being a bit different.
Wendover, NV - Let's see... the famous three Nevada
neon cowboys. Vegas Vic... Laughlin Lou... and Wendover Will!
The Terrific Trio!
Well, there are now just two. Wendover Will, who graced the Stateline
Casino at the .. yes.. state line of Nevada and Utah in West Wendover
has been removed. According to our first source at a roadside motel
nearby, Wendover Will had been taken down just a week prior to our
visit. Further responses from employees at the Nugget (which replaced
the Stateline) were that he was either purchased by a collector
or trashed. Well in either case, the neon cowboy's removal is our,
the roadside traveler's, loss. So much for the grand neon welcome
into West Wendover as you travel in from Utah.
Anaheim, CA - The fantastic motel marquee of the
Motel on Lincoln is history. The motel itself has been demolished
and an empty lots sits. Another motel on Lincoln, the Stage Stop,
change names and the marquee has been altered. Meanwhile, the fomer
location of the Silver
Moon Motel on Beach is still an empty lot.
Buena Park, CA - Just realized that the tall Buena
Park Mall marquee was removed when mall was remodeled. The marquee
has been replaced by an equally tall BPD marquee depicting the Buena
Los Angeles, CA - Today's Los
Angeles Times had a long article on the Ambassador Hotel. The
school superintendent approved a plan to partially raze this hotel,
the site of Hollywood events and also Robert F. Kennedy's assassination.
More on this can be found in the Times
Meanwhile back at the ranch, new content will be added in the next
News - Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Space Age Treasure is Blasted Away
Cerritos, CA - Originally listed in Preservation
Alley in March, 2002, things are now changing at Cerritos
College and the present doesn't look good for the mid-century
architecture around campus. The space age lecture hall (1956) has
now been demolished. This lecture hall had the look of a flying
saucer and appeared to be in great shape inside through the end.
Many thanks to Adriene Biondo for this update on Cerritos College.
News - Monday, August 23, 2004
Las Vegas, NV - Sometimes they just disappear.
In this case, we're talking about the City
Center Motel that used to sit adjacent to the El Cortez along
Fremont. While passing down the old boulevard on a routine run and
check of the motel strip, the familiar yellow sign of a Super 8
Motel stood out. But wait, a Super 8 along old Fremont? Yep, a Super
8 at the former site of the City Center. So long to another Vegas
survivor from yesteryear. Oh and the Clark
Inn Motel marquee further down Fremont has been gone for a few
Speaking of Vegas, there's a large sign draped over the Algier's,
advertising condo applications. So it looks like the rumors are
true... the Algier's will be the next to go. How far will Vegas
take this latest condo kick and is the rest of the old Vegas north
end now endangered? The La Concha Motel marquee has been removed
and replaced by a "placeholder" of a sign. The motel lobby
is vacant and the furniture is sitting in the parking lot.
On the south end of the strip, the Glass Pool Inn marquee still
stands tall behind a fence and on a now vacant lot.
Things are moving and shaking again in Vegas!
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