I was recently down in Tacoma, WA for a meeting, but I was early. So what did I do? I went off to find something interesting that I hadn’t seen before. That wouldn’t be hard to do since I have only been to Tacoma once before. But I found myself in a mostly industrial area with a lot to see. This was my favorite find of the day.
Bob’s wasn’t open that day. And I’m not sure how famous it really is. But now it is more famous than it was before.
Java Jive reminded me of a drive-in restaurant in Milwaukee, WI called the Milk Jug. Shaped like its namesake, it was not such a strange choice for America’s Dairyland. California cows eat your heart out. Unfortunately I don’t have a photo to show you and I’m sure it has disappeared from the landscape by now.
There used to be numerous example of such vernacular architecture on every roadside. Sadly, IMHO, most have disappeared now.
Then I found the Lucky Silver Tavern. Not sure how lucky it is as half the neon wasn’t working on this sign. But to me that made it even more interesting. If you are a regular reader of this blog you know my fascination with signs.
Then I met this happy warrior. Such a handsome smiling face. He must have some special powers since the rest of the sign is rather worn but his face remains bright and wrinkle free.
Today’s last pick is the Opal Lounge. I’m not even sure I was still in Tacoma at this point, but here it is anyway. Isn’t that a great paint job. And I love the metal sculpture of an old fashioned truck, too.
Do you have a favorite roadside attraction or old faded sign that you just love? Tell us about it and leave a link in the comment section so we can all enjoy your pick.