Throughout my travels in 2018, I did not come across a single X sign. In the past, I have been able to use Xenia, Ohio, but we didn’t go there last year.
So, I am Xcited to Xplain how I will post a number of fun XTRAs that I didn’t use in previous posts. There were some Xceptionally funny ones and a few Xtremely interesting ones. I hope you’ll enjoy my special edition of Xtra Signs from my travels over the years. Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.
XTRA Fun For ALL — We are open
At the X-Roads – Corssroads signs from 2018
A Few Xceptionally Interesting Xtra Signs From 2018
A Few Real Oinkers!
Now Back to More Xcellent Xtras
Like what you see? 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!!
(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!)
Every road is an adventure. Every detour offers new entertainment. In this post I am providing some of the E signs I came across during my travels across the country in 2018. E means ENJOY!
Eighter From Decatur, Decatur, Texas
Decatur, Texas is a fun little town. Home of the famed Petrified Wood Gas Station (and a few other vintage gas stations), it is also home to the “Eighter from Decatur.” “Eighter from Decatur” is a slang phrase used by craps shooters who want to roll an eight as well as the title of a song by Western Swing legend Bob Wills. In 1949, Decatur mayor Sly Hardwick added the phrase to two signs welcoming tourists to the town.
Empire Theater, Livingston, Montana
There are hundreds of movie theaters dotting this great country. I love capturing images of many of the vintage marquees. This one is from the lovely mountain town of Livingston, Montana. The Empire Theater has two screens.
Edgewater Park, Cleveland, Ohio
Edgewater Park is one of Cleveland’s premier parks. On the edge of Lake Erie, the park offers so many wonderful things in its 147 acres. It has over 9000 feet of shoreline offering some splendid views of the lake, a nice view of downtown Cleveland and more. I love visiting there for the scenic views and for photos of the birds.
8th Wonder Brewery, Houston, Texas
In 1965, the Houston Astrodome was opened and was one of the biggest sports venues of its type. It was given the nickname “The 8th Wonder of the World.” The 8th Wonder Brewery took on this name in 2013 when they opened their brewery in the eastern part of downtown Houston. If you like craft beer, then you would want to visit here. But, the property also has a huge Houston sign, four 30 foot tall sculptures of the Beatles (see my post about them here), and the entire area for a few blocks has dozens of unique street art and murals.
EAT Signs – Vinita, Oklahoma, Houston, Texas and Uranus, Missouri
Over the years I have been building up my collection of EAT signs that I come across. I think I have over a dozen. I captured three of them in my 2018 travels as shown above. Makes you hungry eh?
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In 2018 I will feature a random (yet alphabetical) selection of photos I have taken from my nearly 20 years of back roads travel in the United States and Canada. I may even throw in a few random shots from other trips to Japan, Mexico and the Philippines. My theme is called America’s Back Roads: A Grab Bag of Places in Pictures.
Sunset Motel – Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Spider Volkswagen – Wolf Creek, Oregon
Sandwich, New Hampshire
WARNING: They do not have a place to get a sandwich in Sandwich. No Joke!
Story Inn – Story, Indiana
San Xavier del Bac – Tucson, Arizona
Space Aliens Grill & Bar – Waite Park, Minnesota; Fargo, North Dakota
Screaming Heads – Burk’s Falls, Ontario
Spud Drive-In – Teton Valley, Idaho
Sandhill Cranes – Barren River Lake, Kentucky; Cecilia, Kentucky; Dell, Montana
Stone Mountain – Stone Mountain, Georgia
Scary Creek, West Virginia
Silver Saddle Motel – Manitou Springs, Colorado
Sapp Brothers – Nebraska City, Nebraska; Council Bluffs, Iowa
Shipwrecked Brew Pub – Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
Suizenji Park – Kumamoto, Japan
Spar Cafe – Olympia, Washington
Seth, West Virginia
Sam Houston Statue – Huntsville, Texas
Star Trek Places – Vulcan, Alberta; Riverside, Iowa
Spindle (Cars on a Spike) – Cermak Plaza – Berwyn, Illinois
As seen in the movie Wayne’s World – sadly, no longer around
Smiley Water Towers – Adair, Iowa; Grand Forks, North Dakota; Beloit, Wisconsin; Cedar Creek, Texas; Smiley, Texas
And finally…one without a Smiley Face….
Stardust Motel – Wallace, Idaho
Shenandoah National Park – Luray, Virginia
Skeletons on the Highways – Port Orchard, Washington; San Francisco, California; Montrose, South Dakota; Murdo, South Dakota
Sorehead Cafe – Rudyard, Montana
Stoneville Saloon – Alzada, Montana
Saketumi Restaurant – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Stoner Drug – Hamburg, Iowa
Sawtooth Mountains – Stanley, Idaho
Sod House Museum – Gothenburg, Nebraska
A bit of Superman – Metropolis, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Ashland, Wisconsin
Sheep Capital of America – Newell, South Dakota
Stinky’s Country Well – Gilboa, Ohio
Showmen’s Rest Cemetery – Hugo, Oklahoma
Santa Claus, Indiana
Scandinavian Heritage Museum – Minot, North Dakota
Sparta House – Sparta, Ontario
Scotty’s Hamburgers – Idaho Falls, Idaho
Severed Head Trading Post – Perryville, Kentucky
Sandhills Journey Scenic Byway – Nebraska
Seabrook, New Hampshire
Schroeder’s Drive-In – Danville, Illinois
Sam Black Church, West Virginia
Sunset Crater National Monument – Flagstaff, Arizona
Silver Dollar Saloon – Leadville, Colorado
If you like what you see, you may want to check out my book: Less Beaten Paths of America: Unique Town Names, available on Amazon. My second book, Less Beaten Paths of America: Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions, will be available in late April or early May 2018. Click on the photo below for more details or to get a copy of the book.