Domino Sugars (Baltimore, MD) – This 120-by-70-foot sign sits alongside the Patapsco River (and the rail tracks of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad) and is the second-largest field of neon on the East Coast. It has been said that “the sign has 650 neon tubes searing a 760-amps-per-hour image into the psyche of Charm City”. It sits elevated about 160 feet above the harbor and casts a Halloween-orange glow visible throughout the metro area. Baltimoreans hated when the sign was extinguished for a period during the energy crisis of the 1970s. The sign itself was an afterthought to the sugar refinery originally constructed by the American Sugar Refining Co. It went up on the refinery’s roof nearly three decades after the “sugar house,” as workers call it, began operation more than 90 years ago (1920). As Baltimore’s harbor became an established middle-class residential destination in the 1980s – and tourists began taking the water taxis – the sign assumed a new visibility and importance. Special thanks goes to a 2007 Baltimore Sun article for much of this content.
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