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Algiers Motel (Gone)
San Mateo, CA
Photo courtesy Michael Campbell

Here is a night shot of the remarkable Algiers Motel sign, as it stood in 1982. The Algiers Motel was located along El Camino Real in San Mateo, which is also known as The King's Highway.

El Camino Real is the 600 mile mission trail that connects the 21 missions in California, originally established by Spanish Missionaries centuries ago. 02-09



Star Motel
San Francisco, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

Check out the bright neon star standing out fittingly on the sign for the Star Motel in San Francisco. 09-09



Modern Motor Lodge
Lodi, CA
Photo courtesy Scott Strickland

Check out the marquee at the Modern Motor Lodge. This sign with the words "motor lodge" lit up in bright red neon is located along the main drag in Lodi. 10-09







Motel 99 (Removed)
Redding, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

Here's the Motel 99 marquee all lit up at night, as it stands tall off the main highway in Redding, CA. It looks like there's vacancy here tonight. 12-10


UPDATE 08/12 : The marquee is long gone as the motel has been taken over by a chain. 08-12



Surf Motel
Sacramento , CA
Photo courtesy Mike & Robyn Howard

Here's another motel found off of Auburn Blvd. in Sacramento. Unlike the Sands and some of the other motel signage that has disappeared, this Surf sign has looked this way for at least the past decade. 07-11



Casa Mobile Park
West Sacramento, CA
Photo by RoadsidePeek.com

The Casa Mobile Park is located in West Sacramento and is a manufactured home community near the new ballpark.

Back when these photos were taken in the late 1990s or early 2000s, the mobile park was along West Sacramento's motel row on West Capitol Avenue, famous for cool but sketchy roadside motels such as The Experience Lodge.


The towering sign was replaced over a decade ago with this shorter version of the sign. This occurred when just about all of the neon roadside signs were removed from the boulevard in a beautification effort, due to the new City Hall being built and the ballpark close by. This short stump of a sign survives to this day. 12-10










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