Preserving Route 66 Historic Signs


Skylark Motel neon restoration, St. Clair, MissouriOn Route 66, neon signs were the candy-colored beacons that attracted tourists to the curio shops, motels, cafes, and roadside attractions. Over the years, these classic signs have become icons and achieved recognition as outstanding examples of American folk art. However, many of these once-beautiful signs have also been torn down, replaced, or gone dark. Preservationists, community leaders, and others have developed resources to raise awareness about the historical significance of these signs, and to revitalize the neon and other advertising/sign heritage of Route 66.