Iconic neon palm tree returns to Spenard

Jay Stange, organizer of the group that bought the neon palm tree, and Candace Blas, with Cook Inlet Housing Authority, have their photo taken by Karen Button, with Friends of Fish Creek, at Spenard Road. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

From the Anchorage Daily News: The 22-foot neon palm tree has returned to Spenard.

The 1960s Spenard icon that stood in front of the Paradise Inn on Spenard Road for decades was removed last winter by a trash company hired by the federal government, which claimed the property last year after its owner was sentenced to prison for selling drugs. After some legal wrangling, the sign was returned to the federal government and put up for auction.


Business owner discovers early 1900s treasures when remodeling her new ice cream parlor

Howard’s Drug occupied the space at 110 W. Main Street in Mulvane where Lil’ Deuce Scoop, a new ice cream parlor, opened this summer. Courtesy Mulvane Historical Museum

From The Wichita Eagle: When she tore the metal off the front of the building where she planned to open her new ice cream parlor — the whimsically named Lil’ Deuce Scoop — Carol Irvine uncovered something special.

A ghost sign that read “Howard’s Drug Store” was hiding underneath, a remnant of one of the previous incarnations of the more than 100-year-old historic building at 110 W. Main St. in Mulvane.


Monterey County officials celebrate restoration of original Art Deco courthouse.

People gather on Aug. 21, for a ceremony for Monterey County’s newly renovated East West Wing, the former county courthouse. The building now houses the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office and the Civil Grand Jury.

From Monterey County Now: As Monterey County supervisors and other officials gathered on Tuesday, Aug. 21, hailing the gleaming renovation and restoration of the old Monterey County Courthouse in downtown Salinas, their audience included local dignitaries, county workers, architects and builders.


Coral Castle is Miami’s creepiest coolest roadside attraction. Why haven’t you been there yet?

From Miami.com: Coral Castle is the anti Wynwood. There is no craft beer or giant burgers wrapped in bacon. There’s plenty of parking, and hipsters are in short supply. Instead of murals and air conditioning, you’ll discover tragic romance and mystical energy.

It’s like Stonehenge but with broken hearts and sweat.


Winston-Salem landmark, the old hat at Arby’s, gets new light

Walt Unks/Journal

From the Winston-Salem Journal: Dexter Mills of Yesco sign company’s Greensboro location, removes burned out incandescent light bulbs on the iconic Arby’s hat sign on Knollwood Street on Monday.

Mills said he has replaced the gas and bad transformers on the neon portions of the sign over the last few weeks. The next step is to replace the 510 11-watt incandescent bulbs with long-lasting, energy-efficient LED bulbs. Mills said he worked as a sign technician in Las Vegas for 10 years before moving back to this native North Carolina this year.


Ghost signs (135): Market Lavington

From Caroline’s Miscellany: A large Wiltshire village, Market Lavington’s points of interest include the church, wonderful Village Museum full of local history … and this ghost sign.

A rather nice scroll remains clear, but the lettering is more tricky, not least because this is a palimpsest of, I think, four advertisements. Words I’ve been able to decipher included NOTED, HOUSE,  BOOT & SHOE, WAREHOUSE, VALUE, and BOOTS. Even the scroll has been extended at the bottom.


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