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Walking Tour: Downtown Seattle’s Neon Signs

Walking Tour: Downtown Seattle’s Neon Signs
Maya
  • On June 30, 2010

Maybe I love the nostalgia of neon lights having grown up around arcades in the 80s. Yes, I’m a girl gamer nerd. Looking back at our photos of Seattle, I noticed I captured quite a few neon signs.

PIKE PLACE MARKET NEON

IN PIONEER SQUARE

A 1960s sign from an old flophouse.

"State Hotel, the sign is all that is left of this relic from skid road in Pioneer Square; which was in its prime the core business district of Seattle in the late 1800s and early 1900s. These days Pioneer Square is experiencing a bit of a revival, but there is still a substantial homeless contingent which frequents the doorways, alleyways, parks and rescue missions in the district. I love Pioneer Square. I love the history, the beautiful brick buildings and roman arched windows and tree lined streets." –The View From Right Here

PINK ELEPHANT CAR WASH

"In 1951 Elephant Car Wash opened on 4th Avenue and Lander Street in Seattle, right next door to our new location! The Elephant was the first automatic car wash in Washington and the proud owner of one of the most iconic neon signs in the history of Seattle… Western Neon designed and fabricated two four exterior signs for the Pink Elephant Car Wash" – Western Neon

Seattle actually has a great appreciation of neon arts.

Western Neon School of Art offers workshops and classes.

"Its rotating, pink neon sign—which has appeared in movies, music videos and ads, and has attracted patrons ranging from the Secret Service to Elvis Presley—is said to be one of the most photographed landmarks in Seattle." –Seattle Magazine

PIER 57 – WATERFRONT

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