Circle Inn Sign, during better days
Dallas, TX Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
The Circle Inn in Dallas, TX is now history, an unfortunate victim of some needed light rail expansion efforts. DART plans to build a northwest line station on this site. The Circle Inn was noteworthy for its huge marquee featuring a fittingly "circle" themed sign with bold colors.
A view from across the street Photo by RoadsidePeek.com
According to an article in the Dallas Morning News, a sign maker collector rescued the Circle Inn neon signs before demolition.
One of the Circle Inn's signs
Dallas, TX Photo courtesy Mary Schlepphorst
The Circle Inn once had a partnering bowling alley called the Circle Bowl, which closed down in 1988. The last couple of decades saw the Circle Inn decline as did many of the old roadside motor court establishments built in the mid-century era.
A close-up of the neon lettering Photo courtesy Mary Schlepphorst
Unfortunately, the Circle Inn, built in 1959, wasn't able to make it to its 50th birthday.
Below are a couple of photos of the Circle Inn as it's being demolished. Another roadside treasure has closed its book.
The marquee and the building undergoing demo Photo courtesy Mary Schlepphorst
Exposed interior of the motel complex Photo courtesy Mary Schlepphorst
Many thanks to Mary Schlepphorst for contact regarding the fate of
the Circle Inn.