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Algiers Motel
San Mateo, CA
Photo courtesy Kirk Maillet

Check out this fantastic sign from San Mateo, CA. The Algiers Motel marquee and its great detail was designed by sign designer Eugene Maillet of Sunnyvale.



El Rancho Motel
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The El Rancho Motel off the 99 features a vintage sign with a zig zag type of arrow. This motel and a couple of others along the same row is a favorite and traditional stop when traveling either up or down the Highway 99.



Stanford Arms Motel
Palo Alto, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

A vintage roadside motel, the Stanford Arms Motel stands guard in Palo Alto.





Americana Lodge
Redding, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Americana Lodge still features its all American colors and bald eagle atop the marquee.


UPDATE 12/10 : Here's a shot of the Americana Lodge sign that stands above the roof line facing the street. Many thanks to Tony Craig for most recent photo. 12-10

Americana Lodge
Photo courtesy Tony Craig



Casa Grande Motel (Closed)
Petaluma, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Casa Grande Motel of Petaluma features a decades old sign that appears to be from the 60's.


UPDATE 08/12 : The Casa Grande Motel is long gone, having been torn down several years for redevelopment. 08-12





San Juan Motel (Demolished)
Sacramento, CA
Photo courtesy Sal Garcia

Here's a funky looking sign for the San Juan Motel. This 1940's era motel features a sign that is a flashback to the days when big bold letter strokes and eye catching colors were still in vogue. Apparently the motel did a brisk business back when the State Fair was located nearby at Stockton Blvd and Broadway.


UPDATE 09/10 : The San Juan Motel was demolished in April of 2010. According to the Sacramento Bee, the motel had been acquired by the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency in December 2008. 09-10









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