On Route 66 Lights | West Hollywood, California | Presented by the city of West Hollywood in collaboration with The Museum of Neon Art. A guide to to vintage and contemporary NEON on Historic Route 66 and the Sunset Boulevard. Amongst the greatest symbols of Americana are Uncle Sam and the Route 66 Shield. The historic 66 was given to the Chicago-Santa Monica roadway in 1926. During the Great Depression, Route 66 was a road of hope for numerous poor families escaping from the Dust Bowl for the promise of a new beginning in Souther California.
WEHO – West Hollywood – Neon sing. During the heyday of early Hollywood’s silent movie era, a dirt road served as the main commuter route between Beverly Hills and Hollywood. This dirt road became Sunset Boulevard. Nightclubs, hotels, and “naughty places” sprung up along the 1.3 miles stretch in what is now West Hollywood.
The Sunset Strip, or better know as the The Strip, was born. Playground for celebrities, Drug – Sex and Rock n Roll. Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra just to name a few… Home of famous nightclubs, and in the present home of venues such us Viper Room and the Whiskey Go Go, all warm up venues for famous artist before going on tour.
During my stay in Los Angeles, I made it a challenge to gather as many of the NEON signs as possible to later share them with all of you. And I dare and challenge you all to do the same on your next visit to West Hollywood. The one above for example is the Baby Blues BBQ.
Trunks NEON Sign. A West Hollywood gay bar with a vertical neon sing right off Santa Monica Boulevard. Off course featuring the classic Rainbow colors. Hello as Santa Monica Boulevard would need any extra… ha ha ha
RAGE NEON Sign. Its neon sign says it all in a simple, serif font. As for what’s going on behind the deceptively plain facade, grab a friend and a cocktail and find out yourself.
Pleasure Chest NEON Sign. Ohhhh come on, we all know this one ha ha ha …. The red neon glow covered by the foliage, but the message is very clear. They sell sex with class. Toys for him, her and everyone in between.
(*) Museum of Neon Art, Santa Monica Boulevard. Was founded in Los Angeles in 1981. Currently located in the Old Bank district of Downtown Los Angeles. MONA – Museum of Neon Art – offer an energizing, colorful experience through changing exhibits of neon art, glass and kinetic works and a premier collection of historic neon signs. For more information visit www.neonmona.org