Everywhere a Sign – Some L Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them. )

Longing for something luscious and lighthearted?  Today is your lucky day as I provide a luscious array of L signs in this post.  Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.

Light, Arkansas

I have seen the Light!! It’s in Arkansas!
Light Baptist Church, Light, Arkansas

Light is located at the junction of U.S. Route 412 and Arkansas Highway 228 and was named after original settler Daniel Light.  Really out in the middle of nowhere.

Logger Restaurant, Knappa, Oregon

Logger Restaurant, Knappa, Oregon

I ALWAYS have my camera with me, especially on road trips.  You never know when a fun sign will pop up along the road.  Such was the case with the Logger Restaurant sign.  I did not stop to eat, but I did stop for a photo of this unique sign.   According to its website, the restaurant, located in Knappa, Oregon (a small town on the Columbia River west of Astoria on US Route 30) celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015.  They are known for their Logger Bacon Cheeseburger and their Logger Clubhouse Sandwich.   They also make many homemade cream pies.  Dang!  I missed out….maybe next trip to the west coast.

Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Austin, Texas

Lucy’s Fried Chicken, Austin, Texas

I have mentioned this before.  I am a sucker for a good neon sign.  The sign for Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Austin, Texas is a doozie. The gal eating chicken and moving her leg up and down. And, the place also has a nice mural to boot! I will be heading to Austin in late June 2019 and will definitely be making an “eating” visit.

Lostant, Illinois

Lostant, Illinois

If the ant is lost, how do they know where it is?  I saw the sign for Lostant while driving on Interstate 39 in Illinois.  I took the exit to get this photo, but did not go into town.  I should have.  There is a Lost-Ant Cafe!   Apparently the town name comes from  Lostant Mercier, the wife of French diplomat Henri Mercier.

Lame Deer, Montana

Lame Deer, Montana

Lame Deer is a unique name.  Of course, the community is named after Miniconjou Lakota chief Lame Deer, who was killed by the U.S. Army in 1877 under a flag of truce south of the town.  It is located in the Northern Cheyenne Reservation on US Highway 212, an extremely scenic drive through the central mountains of Montana.

Leavenworth, Washington

Leavenworth, Washington

Many have heard of Leavenworth Prison.  It is NOT here (it is Kansas).  Leavenworth, Washington is a unique little town high in the Cascade Mountains of Washington, off of US Route 20.  As can be seen from the sign, it is designed like a Bavarian Village.  The street signs are in German, all of the architecture is very Bavarian.  Its a lovely little touristy town nestled in the mountains.  I could have enjoyed a couple of hours there rather than my 30 minute swing through town.  I look forward to my next trip to Washington to see family, and to visit Leavenworth again.

Livingston Bar & Grille, Livingston, Montana

Livingston Bar & Grille, Livingston, Montana
Livingston Bar & Grille Neon in Livingston, MT

Another classic vintage neon sign.  The Livingston Bar & Grille is in downtown Livingston, Montana.  The building is very historic, having been constructed in the 1800s.   I have not stopped there to eat, but check out their website. If you are going to Yellowstone National Park, you should definitely think about stopping in here.

Like what you see here? Well, there is lots more!  I currently have two books about offbeat and quirky places to take on your road trips. You can see both of my books at http://amzn.to/2ks6fQZ. Working on Book 3, coming in late Spring 2019!!


Everywhere a Sign – Some G Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

(Editor’s Note:  For  my  2019  posts,  I will be posting photos from my travels in 2018.  I visited 26 states and drive over 13,000 miles in 2018.  These posts will feature of few of the road signs and business signs I came across, as well as some stories behind them.  Enjoy the Read and Enjoy the Ride!)

It is always a GOOD thing when I am on the road, looking at the Great scenery, the Grandeur of the mountains and the Garish signs and road markers.  Here are a few G signs that I saw during my 2018 travels across 26 states.  Enjoy the Read.  Enjoy the Ride.

Gold Bar, Washington

Discover Gold Bar in Washington
Welcome to Gold Bar, Gateway to the Cascades

The town of Gold Bar is situated at the foothills of the Cascade Mountains on US Route 20. The grandeur of the mountains surrounding the town is wonderful!  The Gold Bar website has a fun story that I am including here:

An early historical account of Skagit and Snohomish Counties published in 1906 gives this description of the town’s early history:

“Gold Bar is a thrifty sawmill town of between two and three hundred people, in the Skykomish Valley along the overland line of the Great Northern Railway, 29 miles east of Everett. Platted September 18, 1900, by the Gold Bar Improvement Company, it has grown very rapidly and is now among the substantial villages of the County. A two-story schoolhouse has been erected in which 43 pupils receive instruction, besides which the town enjoys good telephone, telegraph and transportation facilities. As the timberlands become available for agricultural purposes, many small farms are coming into cultivation, thus furnishing additional support for Gold Bar. Last year 886 cars of lumber and shingles were shipped from this point, which is indicative of the town’s volume of business. The Gold Bar Lumber Company operates an extensive lumber and shingle plant there.”

As of 2010, the population was a tad above 2000 Golden folk!

Goobertown, Arkansas

Goobertown, Arkansas continues the tradition of strange town names in Arkansas
Obviously…I need a selfie to prove I have been here!

Goobertown is one of the fun town names you can find in Arkansas, along with places like Booger Hollow and Toad Suck, among others.   It is located on US Hwy 49, about 10 miles Northeast of Jonesboro, Arkansas.  The name was apparently a result of Confederate Civil War soldiers who camped there and ate the wild peanuts.  So, after the war, many of the soldiers returned here and settled, naming it Goobertown.  It is now actually just a section of the township of Brookland, Arkansas.

Griff’s Hamburgers, Haltom City, Texas

Griff’s Hamburgers sign in Haltom City, Texas

Griff’s is a burger chain with 12 locations, mainly in Texas, then 3 in Louisiana and one in Albuquerque, NM.  The first “Griff’s Burger Bar” opened in March of 1960 in Wichita, Kansas. The company was founded by H.J. Griffith.   have Known for their big burgers, they also serve “steak fingers,” chili cheese fries and other goodies.  Being a Texas place, plan on requesting the sliced jalapenos.

Gorilla Country, Solomon, Kansas

Gorilla Country, Solomon, Kansas

Betcha didn’t know we had Gorilla Country in the U.S.  Well, meander into Solomon, Kansas and you will find that Solomon High School’s mascot is the Gorillas.   I have no idea why they are the Gorillas…   Solomon Saints, Solomon Swans, Solomon Salamanders…  but Gorillas?  Hmmmm….

The Grill District, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

The Grill District Neon Sign, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

I am always a sucker for vintage neon signs.  The Grill District sign hangs in a location that once housed a restaurant called The Grill in downtown Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.  The sign was refurbished in 2012 and reattached to “add spunk to Main Street and draw extra attention to the businesses in the area” according to owner Charles Snapp.

Glendale, Kentucky

Glendale, Kentucky

Glendale, Kentucky is an old railroad town and now is basically a stop off of Interstate 65 south of Louisville, KY.  Full of vintage buildings and antique shops, its most well known place is the Whistle Stop Cafe, which I will feature in my W signs post in a couple of weeks.

GAS Signs in Washington, Texas, Missouri and South Dakota

GAS Sign – Wilbur, Washington
No Gas
No Gas – Decatur, Texas
Gas in Uranus, Missouri
Cenex Sign on I-90 in South Dakota warning of last gas station for miles.

There are lots of Gas signs dotting the country.  This is one of them. Then there is the No Gas sign from Decatur, Texas.  Gotta love that one.  I got a GAS selfie in Uranus…go figure, GAS in Uranus? Finally, the old…last gas for miles ploy in South Dakota…except, it is NOT a ploy.  There really wasn’t a gas station for another 60-70 miles.

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Great Burgers at Sunshine General Store – Brookeville, MD

Sunshine General Store, Brookeville, MD


The first week of April saw my wife and I take a trip to Baltimore so she could attend a training for a new business venture we are starting.  While there, I worked and also ventured out.  As I always do, I try to find interesting one-off places to eat.   On one of the days I drove about 40 minutes west to the small town of Brookeville to meet a co-worked of mine from PopCulture.com.  I had looked for an “interesting” place to meet near to where he lived near West Virginia.  So, I came across a place called the Sunshine General Store.

Wider view of Sunshine General Store
This sign hangs on the side of the building
Sumoflam looking for a little Sunshine in Maryland

According to a number of sites, this is the best place in Maryland to get a burger, despite the location.  Yes, this place is a dive in the real sense of the word.  Housed in an old gas station at the intersection of Georgia Ave. (MD Hwy 97) and Damascus Road (MD Hwy 650), it is an old non-descript building with a big blue front (yes, UK Colors!!) and a sign on top.  From the outside you would never know there was a burger place housed inside it.  There is a sign on the side of the building that says it is “Home of the FAMOUS Burger.”

And, honestly, as I have found out, it really is a FAMOUS burger and I understood why.

Sunshine General Store – inside
The Sign to the Bathroom at Sunshine General Store.

In the photo above you can see MOST of the store.  There is a grill in the back with three stools and then there are two tables with about eight chairs.  Not much else.  During the time Andrew and I had lunch, about 2 dozen people came in to PICK UP their called in orders.  Since we hadn’t called in, we had to wait our turn in the order queue, which was about 20-30 minutes.

Sunshine Menu – the lunch part. They do have breakfast too
Want Chips? They have them.

Basically, this place makes burgers and sandwiches.  No frills, though they can put “everything” on it if you want, and they include a dill spear.  But, they don’t serve drinks.  They don’t make french fries or onion rings.  If you want drinks and chips, you must go into the store part and buy the chips and drinks and any other thing you want (if they have it).  I had never heard of Utz Chips.  They are a reginonal snack from Hanover, Pennsylvania and are carried in the Sunshine General Store. I tried the SPICY ones.

The store also has the various candies, snack cakes and other goodies that a convenience store might carry.  They also sell a few other items.

Burgers on the Grill
Burgers and Bacon
The Grill and three stools at Sunshine General Store

Andrew and I got our burgers and found them to be extremely good.  Very thick and, with mine, full of goodies like lettuce, tomatoes, raw onions (by request, some cheese and bacon.  It was a filling and yummy burger.

My burger at Sunshine General Store
Patrons watching and waiting for their burgers to arrive

Needless to say, the wait was worth it.  It was a good time for Andrew and me, both in terms of lunch and in terms of meeting each other for the first time.

Sumoflam and Andrew at the Sunshine General Store after lunch. Genuine smiles folks!

If you are ever in the Baltimore area, or somewhere in southwest Pennsylvania, the Maryland panhandle or the West Virginia panhandle, you need to drop by Sunshine General Store and have a FAMOUS Sunshine Burger.  You’ll be glad you did.  And then grab a t-shirt to remember it by.

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