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Neon Motels Southern California

 

Dunes Motel
Hollywood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

When people think of the Dunes, Las Vegas normally comes to mind. Well, the Dunes name is a relatively popular one, so it's only fitting that Hollywood have one of its own. Especially since the Dunes name is just a memory in Vegas these days.

 

 

Town House Motel
Hollywood, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

How about the Towne House Motel? This marquee is not of the neon or space age variety, though its colors and brightness make it noteworthy.

 

 

Don's Motel
Long Beach, CA
Photo courtesy Greg Wranic

The neon lettering still lights up the roadside at Don's Motel in Long Beach. This roadside motel is found along the Pacific Coast Highway. 10-05

 

 

Mar Vista Motel (Demolished)
Hermosa Beach, CA
Photo courtesy Dan MacPherson

Hermosa Beach was home to the 1940 Mar Vista Motel on Pacific Coast Highway for six decades. This roadside motel was torn down in 1999 to make way for a lumberyard expansion. The photo on the left was taken in 1991. Another roadside motor court from the mid-century disappears off into a memory. 10-05

 

 

El Rio Motel
Glendale, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

The El Rio Motel in Glendale features neon that still lights up the roadside. 03-06

 

 

Hollywood Premiere Motel
Hollywood, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

The Hollywood Premiere Motel marquee looks like its ready for a grand premiere when seen at night. Check out the fancy neon on this sign. 03-06

 

 

Town House Motel
Lancaster, CA
Photo courtesy Steve Snyder

The marquee for the Town House Motel in Lancaster features neon lettering throughout. 03-06

 

 

Bahia Motel (Demolished)
Pico Rivera, CA
Photo courtesy Sal Garcia

Here's a neon shot of the Bahia Motel sign that once stood proudly off Washington Blvd. Now all that left of this tiki named motel is a dirt lot and some weeds.

It's always a shame to see these roadside treasures go, only to leave the remaining lot vacant for years. 03-06

 

 

 

 

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