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Neon Motels Central California

 

Riverland Motel (Sign removed)
Kingsburg, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Just off the 99 near Kingsburg, CA is the Riverland Motel and its tall neon sign. A friendly and familiar sight, this marquee served as sort of a beacon to those traveling up an down the 99. At least it was. The Riverland Motel is still here. This marquee is not. Yes... it's true. It's been backlit plasticized.

 

 

Del Mar Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Del Mar Motel in Fresno glows proudly at night. Here's a shot of the marquee in the day.

 

 

Palms Motel
Santa Maria, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Palms Motel in Santa Maria still somewhat glows, well at least a third of the letters, along the road. And yes, color TV can be found here.

 

 

 

Gables Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

The Gables Motel in Fresno features not just one or two, but three roadside signs advertising the motel.

 

(Right) Here's the main marquee for the Gables

(Left) Check out the neon sign pointing the way into the lot

 

Here's the sign that sits atop the roof of the motel. The neon points the way in.

 

 

White's Motel (Removed)
Mojave, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The neon sign for the White's Motel in Mojave glows brightly at night. Check out the big red arrow pointing the way to the motel office.

 


UPDATE 02/08 : White's Motel in Mojave is now gone. Many thanks to Dave van Hulsteyn for update. 02-08

UPDATE 09/09 : Here's a a dusk shot of the White's Motel marquee before being removed. Many thanks to Scott Strickland for updated photo. 09-09

 

White's Motel (Removed)
Mojave, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

 

 

Casa Grande Motel
Madera, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

Here's a very familiar sight as you travel up and down the 99, especially at night. At dusk, the neon lit sign of the Casa Grande Motel draws your attention, much like an old friend.

 

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