Day 10: The Sun Returns to Nevada

In the morning, I did some reshooting in Wells but the weather wasn’t much better.  Things got better in Elko.  But I still had to be patient with the clumps of clouds:



At the Commercial Hotel & Casino in Elko — where there are two fiberglass statue tributes to White King:


The taxidermied polar bear inside the casino which was the inspiration for the statues.  The story here:



Still in Elko.  From the postcards I’ve seen, it appears that the thunderbird on top of the sign was always backlit plastic:


And the rocky facade is original:


On my second pass through town (those damned clouds), I was thrilled to see a YESCO truck pull up.  YESCO has gotta be the biggest sign company in Utah and Nevada.  Established in Ogden, UT, the company now has locations all across the country.  They are responsible for all those long-lost neon extravaganzas in Vegas and plenty of other still-existing vintage signs.


The herky jerky movement of the bucket seems a little dangerous (to the sign) to me but they seemed to know what they were doing.  Evidently something wasn’t working properly in the neon part of the sign.  God bless them and the hotel for keeping Elko a better place:



One more from Elko — a nice embossed Texaco sign.  I don’t know if there was ever a gas station here or if the sign was just lovingly planted at the Cimarron West RV Campground:



Moving on to Winnemucca where the weather was not as cooperative:


Wonderfully redundant gables at Scott’s:



From Lovelock — perhaps the best preserved Safeway “Marina” design building in the country.  The manager said it was built in 1965:




I haven’t seen a turntable checkout in decades:



Off to Fallon where the those pesky clouds finally left.  This is the Fallon Theatre.  Better to not show you the building below:



Also in Fallon.  This painted ghost advertising sign looked awfully fresh — like the building next to it had been recently demolished:



From Stagecoach.  This faux saguaro cactus contains some sort of plumbing or electric fixtures for the long-closed Oasis Restaurant next door:



One more for this post — this in Gardnerville.  There’s no way to shoot the bottom of the glass without the trees or the overhang interfering:



Moving on to Reno tomorrow.  Three more days — three more posts to come.





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