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Historic Sites Southern California

 

Cool A Coo (Closed)
Whittier, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Ever grab one the refreshing Cool-A-Coo ice cream sandwiches at a Dodger game and wonder where the tasty dairy/cookie concoction came from? Well, look no more, because here on Hadley Avenue in Whittier is the original Cool-A-Coo ice cream plant. The famous sign above the equally historical building has adorned Hadley and the nearby railroad tracks for decades.

 

 

Los Angeles Convention Center
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The old Los Angeles Convention Center, not to be confused with it's newer 1990's sibling, was home to political national conventions and numerous trade shows in its time. The familiar blocked lettering still adorn the convention walls. This building is still in use and is a Los Angeles landmark, despite the existence of the new convention center.

 

 

Samson Tire Company (The Citadel)
City of Commerce, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Samson Tire Company in Commerce, California was known for the detailed mural on the outside of its walls. Today, The Citadel outlet center occupies the premises. More detail on this site to come at a later day.

 

 

 

 

 

Sears Roebuck (Closed)
Los Angeles, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

To residents of and visitors to Southern California, the old Sears Building in downtown Los Angeles has been a visual roadside eye-catcher. Generations remember the old building as they passed by it on the freeway or Soto/Olympic Boulevards. Still others can smell the popcorn and see the candy stands in the store as they made their major purchases. The Los Angeles Sears tower (not to be confused with its mammoth Chicago counterpart) is still in great shape and serving the public, though efforts are underway to renovate this complex with a new modern shopping center.

 

UPDATE 07/06 : Here are a couple of photos of the Sears neon below. 07-06

 

Sears
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Steve Snyder

Sears Neon Lettering
Los Angeles, CA
Photo courtesy Steve Snyder

 

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