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Other Roadside Motels Central California

 

Astro Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Just the name Astro conjures up images of space age ports, flying vehicles, and even the Jetson's dog. Here's the Astro Motel with a radiant orb atop its roof, perhaps transmitting interplanetary signals?

 

 

Cinderella Motel
Hollister, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Cinderella Motel features a sign that's not necessarily "Cinderella" like in form, though welcome.

 

 

California Motel
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's an old streamline sign still sitting along the road in Bakersfield. This sign adorns the California Motel off of Highway 99.

 

 

 

White's Motel (Demolished)
Mojave, CA
Photo courtesy Adriene Biondo

Here's White's Motel in Mojave, near the airplane graveyard. The rather prominent advertising of "television" is a sign of the era this marquee came from.

 

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

Whites Motel Annex Sign
Mojave, CA
Photo courtesy Dan MacPherson

 

UPDATE 12/08 : The "Whites Motel" "Television" neon is no longer standing in Mojave. The motel has been taken over by a chain. This photo of the remnants of this annex neon in a vacant lot behind the motel was taken a few years earlier. Many thanks to Dan MacPherson for annex photo and update. 12-08

 

 

Desert Star Motel (Original Sign Gone)
"Sleep off the Hi-Way"
Bakersfield, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

It's amazing to see how much places and signage can change in the span of a few years. Years back, travelers along the old 99 in Bakersfield would be met with a huge marquee pointing the way in to the Desert Star Motel while advertising "Sleep off the Hi-way". Well, the moniker may still be around, but only on a very small plastic sign. Hmm... which version of this sign would be best at catching the eye of potential visitors?

Far left photo shows the original sign. The much less cool new version is in the photo to the right.

 

 

Ayres Motel
Fresno, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Ayres Motel located in Fresno still features an old roadside sign flashing back to the days when these old motor courts were the place to spend the night. From the looks of things, this old motel is still in business today.

 

 

 

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