Western Motel (Santa Clara, CA) – Although the motel first opened in 1949, this huge neon cactus sign wasn’t installed until 1959. And despite being 50+ years old it’s still in fantastic shape – no doubt due to an expensive & time consuming maintenance schedule adhered to by the motel’s owner. According to my friends over at SVModern.com this site is slated for the development of condos and the motel will soon be no more. However further research seems to indicate that this is a long-standing rumor that has yet to actually materialize. But even if it’s true, there is a silver lining to be found… Reportedly the sign will be going to private collector (as opposed to the scrap yard) where it will continue to live on in some fashion. I hope to be in that ‘private collector’ position myself someday soon.
- Neon Signs
- Vintage Signs