SCA Articles

Ain’t No Valley Higher: The Spin on the World’s Largest Revolving Sign

Ain’t No Valley Higher: The Spin on the World’s Largest Revolving Sign

FULL ARTICLE By Douglas Towne – The internet is rife with dubious claims of eagles swooping down to carry away small children. Overlooked, however, is the day a raptor saved a Phoenix man’s life with its wing.
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Miss Alma Makes a Bee Line: A Story of One Woman and Two Auto Trails

Miss Alma Makes a Bee Line: A Story of One Woman and Two Auto Trails

By John and Kris Murphey – As the first female transcontinental highway booster, Alma Rittenberry had promoted her Jackson Highway not only as a memorial to the former President nicknamed “Old Hickory,” but as a progressive path to get farmers out
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Five Faves: Seeing Ghosts in Upstate New York

Five Faves: Seeing Ghosts in Upstate New York

By Ronald Ladouceur – Should we let ghost signs fade or should we repaint them? This is not an easy question to answer. Repainted ghosts can anchor a neighborhood’s rehabilitation effort. But repainting also means the ghosts are no longer ghosts.
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Exposing the “Motel Menace”

Exposing the “Motel Menace”

FULL ARTICLE by Lyell Henry – The tourist camps that had at first been hailed as delightful expressions of American character and genius now were as likely to be viewed as hotbeds of sordidness and immorality, even as “Camps of
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Five Faves: Las Vegas Neon Museum

Five Faves: Las Vegas Neon Museum

By Heather David – In 2007, the Las Vegas Neon Museum consisted of little more than a random assortment of rescued signs in a dirt lot. Visiting was still an incredible experience. It has only gotten better!
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Motel Moderne: Yesterday’s Motels of Tomorrow

Motel Moderne: Yesterday’s Motels of Tomorrow

By Andrew Wood – Early twentieth-century motels reflect an emerging Age of Mobility that promised perpetual motion through a fluid continuum of consumer experiences.
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Mount Vernon: An Architectural Identity

Mount Vernon: An Architectural Identity

FULL ARTICLE By Justin Gunther – Why did Mount Vernon become such a popular design source? How did the house become a national symbol, one providing inspiration to building designers across America? This article examines those questions by tracing
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Dinsmoor as Creative Catalyst: 100 Years of the Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas

Dinsmoor as Creative Catalyst: 100 Years of the Garden of Eden in Lucas, Kansas

By Erika Nelson – Lucas, Kansas, a small farming community of 430 people nestled in the Geographic Center of the United States, is not dying. I believe this is due, in part, to S.P. Dinsmoor’s Garden of Eden.
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SCA Makes History

SCA Makes History

FULL ARTICLE By Irene Lule – The SCA Archive now housed at The University of Texas at Austin documents the activities and business of the organization from its inception to the present, and is now available at Texas Archival Resources
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