Day 18: Killer Hot in Kansas City

It was over 100 degrees, again, today.  We’re all hanging in.  Forecast for tomorrow is more of the same.  The weather’s supposed to change on Friday — 20 degrees cooler and rain.  So I’d better shoot as fast as I can.  If I do run into crappy weather, I’ll consider it a blessing and pull over and sleep.

Otherwise, nothing noteworthy.  I’d hoped to bang through all the KC stops in one big push.  But only got through about half.  Road construction and detours east of Independence didn’t help either.  So tomorrow, I should be able to wrap it up and start on the Kansas chunk.  I’ve allotted four days to cover that state’s stops — not enough I’m sure.  Little blue circles all over that map in the atlas.  And a hefty one-inch thick stack of printed maps.

Let’s move on to today’s offerings.  We dipped our toes into Kansas a couple times today for a few things.  Here’s one from Leavenworth.  Of course, I’m a huge mid-century modern fan but, really, what were they thinking here?

Not to be confused with the Best Western chain…  This one in Independence, MO:

Several more from Independence.  A little bit of this and a little bit of that in the Sterling Lanes sign (near Sterling Ave.).  Google actually calls this Sugar Creek, MO.

I was glad to see the “winking man” signs were still there.  There’s this one and another one next door at the used car lot.  Both building and lot have been abandoned for years.  Any KC-ers know the original name of this dealership?  Did this character have a name?  I’ve never seen these plastic ball signs used in repetition like this before.

I posted a close-up of the Save Gas sign but here’s another gratuitous shot just to show you more incredible clouds.  The gas station’s been closed for awhile apparently.  I worry what will become of this sign.  Lots of new development all over the place.

I can’t remember what was here before Bob’s Cafe (help, anyone?) but they’ve done a nice job of repurposing the sign:

A cute plastic sign from Raytown:

I posted the Fun House Pizza sign in Raytown over at Flickr tonight.  Here’s another example of a C-152 Lectra sign.   Bonus bulb arrow and concrete block.  These C-152 Lectra signs were quite mesmerizing at night.  Here’s a video of the Fun House sign:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-m4xcocevI

A couple shots from Kansas City proper (more tomorrow).  Some swirly Art Deco detail:

And last one for the day — I can’t tell if this sign is a new retro build — or a repurposed sign.  It looks sooo familiar but so many signs used this or a similar design.  You’d think Dave’s could have added neon to the mid-section.  The sign looks so odd and half-assed this way.

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16 thoughts on “Day 18: Killer Hot in Kansas City

    • I don’t think I shot the whole building — I was mostly focused on the signs. But I think I got the best part of the building. It was really just a flat surface — just those mcm bricks in the middle. I’m sure it can be Google Street Viewed easily if you’re interested:
      Troost Ave. & E. 32nd Terrace (Kansas City, MO).

    • Thanks — hoping for more of the same for the next 15 days or whatever it is. Just wish it was a bit cooler! Esp. since today the A/C went first thing and we suffered unbelivably.

  1. Hi Debra Jane,
    The Dave’s Stagecoach sign is new, but built to look exactly like the old one. The “winky man” signs stem from “Sam’s Bargain Town” on Truman Road….it was a big bargain place in the 50’s and 60’s…..They had one man on their building and one claiming their parking lot.
    Margaret

  2. DJ – the Stagecoach sign was redone – it was an old one that was repainted. I remember going into the bar years ago. There used to be a cool mural painted on the wall as well. Funny little place.

  3. I digress – I thought it was redone because I remember the old one, but Margaret must know what it is…especially if she is from there. Sorry ’bout that.

  4. I don’t know what those people in Leavenworth were thinking about either when they added those blue things to that beautiful old building. The architecture police ought to come arrest them!!

  5. Those cheesy blue awnings are like a virus, along with fake stucco. You got some beautiful deco details in KC! Wishing you many more days of blue skies ahead.

  6. Tell me about it — and I just made it into Kansas tonight. First thing this morning, the AC went so I’m now really getting the full body experience. Christ Almighty!

    • Ha! Too bad you didn’t know about it this summer as you might have enjoyed our ventures in your part of the country. Hope you’ll come along for the TX trip — 50-something days and counting. Sucky & long winter, huh?

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