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Thunderbird Lodge
Off the 99
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Why does it seem like motels and lodges named Thunderbird are all treasures? The is no disappointment with its neon thunderbird glowing through the night.

 

 

Tradewinds Motel
Sacramento, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The sign for the Tradewinds Motel in Sacramento still advertises the fact that its rooms carry phones and color TV. Looks like the neon on this gem of a sign still works right.

 

UPDATE : The neon on this old sign is history, though the sign itself still remains.

 

 

Cal Va Rado Motel
S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn


The neon sign for the Cal Va Rado Motel leaves no pretension as to which state this place is located.

Both of these neon signs still appear to be in fantastic working order.

 

 

Rio Motel
Oakland , CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Check out the fine neon on this roadside motel, the Rio Motel of Oakland.

 

 

Travel Inn Motel (Removed)
San Carlos, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The neon still lights up at the Travel Inn Motel in San Carlos.

 

UPDATE 03/09 : The Travel Inn Motel in San Carlos replaced its neon sign some time ago. 03-09

 

 

Star Lake Motel
S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Star Lake Motel advertises low rates among other things.

 

 

Driftwood Lodge
S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Driftwood Lodge is also located in the center of the old roadside lodging in South Lake Tahoe.

 

 

 

Carriage House (Demolished)
S. Lake Tahoe, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The treasure of a sign for The Carriage House Motel is reminiscent of the neon treasures that used to dot the roadside back in the day. This neon is still in excellent working condition.

 

UPDATE 08/12 : The Carriage House Inn was demolished a few years ago to make way for a new convention center. Several blocks were removed. 08-12

 

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