Apache Tears Motel Marquee (Inducted 01/25/02)
Welcome to the Apache Tears Motel, off the old Benson Highway in Tucson, Arizona. Featuring a name that hearkens back to legends of the skirmishes between US troops and Apache Indians back in the 1800's, the Apache Tears displays a jewel of a figure by the roadside.
Check out the figure's paint scheme. The statues itself has to be seen to appreciate its size and the solemnness it portrays seems to suffocate the air around it.
Apache Tears Motel Marquee
Well, we've seen many endings as far as roadside treasures go. Some places have come down in a glorious farewell. Others come crashing down with no consideration for their heritage and history.
Apache Tears new marquee
As far as ugly endings go, the ruins of the former marquee of the Apache Tears is most likely the 2nd tops. Not only has the marvelous signage been replaced by a rather plain looking back lit plastic sign, the treasure of a statue has been unceremoniously dumped... headless... down the road. Wow...
Burger Chef (Inducted 3/13/00)
A fantastic site (and sight) for burgers, Burger Chef's huge marquee welcomes the hungry traveler in this 1965 shot.
(Below) A much more demure Burger Chef marquee hides itself next to the road in this 1980 photo. What happened to the great architecture shown above? I guess time did tell.
Bowling Alley Marquees (Inducted 9/26/99)
Bowling alley marquees have been a major part of the soul of roadside pop culture for decades. However, many signs (and entire alleys) have disappeared in the 1990's. The following are examples of our history now lost.
Bowlium Bowl Marquee
(Many thanks to Dustin Brewer for tip regarding Bowlium marquee replacement)
In the Anaheim area and itching for some ten pin alley action? Then look no further than the Carter Bowl, home to a great googie sign to boot! From the large "BOWL" lettering to the holes in the stand structure, this marquee is a great historical relic to the googie era.
Carter Bowl Marquee
The "new" Carter Bowl Marquee
Unfortunately, it is 1999, and Carter Bowl has met the fate of "progress" (or AMF design management), and the marquee has been replaced. Look familiar?
Tiny Naylor's (Van de Kamp's) (Inducted 6/20/99)
Hungry or just begging for a quick stopover after a night on the town? Or just looking for breakfast before a trip out of town. Tiny Naylor's (formerly Van de Kamp's) is the place to be.
Tiny Naylor's (formerly Van de Kamp's)
Well, as times change, styles change. With new ownership comes new ideas. The magnificent windmill has now been removed and a Carrow's will be occupying the site. Another great restaurant design of decades past is now now history.
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