23 Jun SCA Weekly News Review: June 23, 2019
Neon Display has the Kittitas County Historical Museum burning bright
From the Daily Record: The technology dates back to 1675, before the age of electricity. While the lights are used worldwide, the Age of Neon was most popular in the United States from about 1920–1960.
Out on Route 66, the Wagon Wheel Motel in Cuba, Mo., was built in 1934. The landmark neon sign has been standing for over 60 years, welcoming its share of travelers.
The Neon Sign Exhibit at the Kittitas County Historical Museum is a walk down memory lane. Even if you didn’t grow up on Route 66, it’s still a blast from the past of Ellensburg’s neon tradition.
Duluth’s West Theater opens Friday
From the Duluth News Tribune: For the first time since the 1970s, the marquee of Duluth’s West Theater will light up Friday night.
After more than a year under construction, the opening of West Duluth’s new — and only — theater will be marked by a weekend of events, including a movie showing and a performance by a musician.
Theater owner Bob Boone, who is also publisher of the Duluth Reader, purchased the building through his company Paladin Properties LLC. for $140,500 in late 2016, according to St. Louis County records.
Waco: Design plans to turn old movie theater into fire station revealed
From KWTX: Design plans for the old 25th Street Theatre and soon-to-be fire station were revealed to the community during a public meeting at nearby Provident Heights Elementary School.
The old theatre is in such poor condition it has to be torn down, city officials say, but the new headquarters for the Waco Fire Department will be rebuilt in its place…and in its image.
“It’s going to look like a movie theater and really pay homage to the 25th Street Movie Theatre,” said Waco Fire Chief Bobby Tatum.
One last hurrah: Flintstone’s-themed attraction, Bedrock City, reopens this weekend in northern Arizona
From KGUN: When news broke earlier this year that Bedrock City, the Flintstones-themed roadside attraction in northern Arizona, had been sold and would close, our post on the ABC15 Facebook page received hundreds of comments and thousands of shares from people sharing photos and memories from past visits, and comments from those who either hadn’t yet been and wanted to visit, or were unaware that such an attraction even existed.
VIDEO VAULT | A new way to see Las Vegas history then and now
From KSNV: LAS VEGAS — Most Southern Nevadans are probably familiar with the existence of the Neon Museum—even if they haven’t visited in person.
A new exhibit at Nevada Humanities allows people to see the signs as they look today, as well as the way they were originally intended. It’s a collaborative project between the Neon Museum and the Las Vegas News Bureau.
“We tried to pick things that have some historical significance or things that have not been shown as often, or just something that just is beautiful and striking to the eye,” says LVNB archivist Kelli Luchs.