Everywhere a Sign – Some Q Signs From 2018 #AtoZChallenge

It is a challenge to find signs and places that begin with Q.  This post only has one.  So, for fun, I am also adding a Quirky Quickies section to the post…a number of quirky or otherwise interesting photos from the road that didn’t really fit into any of my other A to Z Challenge posts.  It will be a quick read with quaint and quirky and maybe even quizzical signs.  I hope they quench your travel fancy.  Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride.

The Queen City, Cincinnati, Ohio

The Queen City sign taken from way up high, Cincinnati, Ohio
Another view of the Queen City sign

Cincinnati is a beautiful city.  I really love taking trips up to this beautiful city on the Ohio River.   The city has been nicknamed The Queen City and the Queen of the West since around 1820, only a few short years after the city was incorporated in 1802 (the city was first settled in the 1780s).   One possible birth of this nickname likely came from writer Ed B. Cooke of the (then) Inquisitor and Cincinnati Advertiser wherein he wrote in the May 4, 1819 edition of the paper:

The City is, indeed, justly styled the fair Queen of the West: distinguished for order, enterprise, public spirit, and liberality, she stands the wonder of an admiring world.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow also mentioned it in his poem Catawba.

Quirky and Quick Signs From the Road

A fun little view of some of the more offbeat things I see while on the road

Unique We’re Open sign from Decatur, Texas
Social Vegan sign, seen in Houston, Texas
Boomerang Diner… I guess it’ll make you wanna come back? Taken in Shawnee, Oklahoma
The Local Wag, a dog place in Lexington, Kentucky
No Spitting sign , Doolittle, Missouri
Be-Sure In-Sure sign, Carmine, Texas
I’m Melting on an old movie marquis in Austin, Texas
BBQ Shit is one of many products by Special Shit products of Big Cock Ranch in Austin, Texas. Really!
Please Pick Up in Uranus, Missouri
Black Bear Motel Be Nice sign, at Belle Inn in Belle Fourche, South Dakota
Dr. Pierce’s Barn Sign – a magic potion! Taken in Waterville, Washington
Brothel sign at Black Bear Motel in Davenport, Washington
Old theater turned in Magic Mirror Beauty Salon in Wilbur, Washington
Chicken Plop in Brothers, Oregon
Antique Archaeology van, Le Claire, Iowa
Open sign in Uranus, Missouri
Fresh Shrimp, right off of the boat! Biloxi, Mississippi
Seen at a Walgreen’s in Cypress, Texas in mid-July 2018. Check out the temperature!
LOVE sign — all you need is LOVE. Walnut Ridge, Arkansas
Belcherville Cemetery, Belcherville, Texas…population 34
Bull Frog Brand Juice sign on a wall in Rayne, Louisiana — Frog Capital of the World
Found this sign at a place in Telephone, Texas
April 20 is coming…. In Colorado that means the 420 Fest, Taken in Manitou Springs, Colorado
We have all seen Attorney Billboards. How about THIS Attorney? David Komie, the Attorney that rocks! Austin, Texas
Always Carry Cash on a road trip. Some places don’t take credit cards. This sign was at Voodoo Doughnut, in Austin, Texas
You need to watch your children on road trips….or else…. Taken at Star Pizza in Houston, Texas

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!!

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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.

Looking for a unique and fun gift for yourself or  your traveler friends? How about a book 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!!

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Everywhere a Sign – Some B 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!)

I love to always watch for interesting places on the road.  I will typically grab photos of town signs, road signs and other places.  Here are just a couple of “B” Signs that I came across in my road trips across America in 2018.

Belfair, Washington

As I began my return trip from Port Orchard down WA Hwy 3 (on my way to US 101), I drove through Belfair.  Didn’t stop, except for the sign, because I am a big fan of Blue Herons, of which one is featured on this sign.  It was a snowy morning, so I didn’t take the time to stop.

Bugtussle, Kentucky

Bugtussle General Store (closed for many years)
Revisiting Bugtussle in January 2018

One of my favorite places to talk about (and write about) is Bugtussle, Kentucky.  In my research on the Bugtussles of America, I found three actual places called Bugtussle…one in Kentucky, one in Alabama and one in Texas.  Back in February 2010, I actually drive from Lexington through Bugtussle, KY and all the way to Bugtussle, Texas (at County Rd 34 and FM 1550).  It ended up being an 18 hour drive. But, on this trip, in 2018, I once again visited my old stomping grounds of Bugtussle for a throwback. (You can see my 2010 adventure in this post HERE or HERE)

Bigfoot Road, South Dakota

Big Foot Road…off of I-90 in South Dakota

Are you looking for Big Foot?  Maybe this is the road you need.  On I-90 east of Wall Drug in South Dakota is this sign.  I did stop to take this photo in April 2018.  I did not take Big Foot Road and I did not see Big Foot.  About 10 miles further west I did see an 80 foot dinosaur.

Bat Bar, Austin, Texas

Bat Bar, Austin, Texas

A visit to Austin’s 6th Street is loads of fun.  Lots of stuff happening…music and pubs and other fun places.  I took the grandkids to the Famed Voodoo Doughnut in Austin (originated in Portland…been there too).   The Bat Bar was right next door and the sign is a classic!

Billy Burgers, Wilbur, Washington

Billy Burgers classic neon in Wilbur, WA

I wasn’t planning to add many neon signs to this years’ posts, but I couldn’t resist this one.  Sadly, I drove by in the morning and they were not open yet.  Would have enjoyed trying out a Billy Burger in Wilbur, Washington

Belle Inn, Belle Fourche, South Dakota

Belle Inn – Comfort Food
Belle Inn – Belle Fourche, SD
Sign at Belle Inn front door
Sign inside of Belle Inn

I always love a place with a sense of humor.  It is even better when the place is an eating establishment and actually has GOOD food to go along with the humor.  Such is the case with the Belle Inn Restaurant in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.  I went in by chance and had a great meal.  The head chef is also a biker…goes to Sturgis every year.  What more do you want?  By the way, I wasn’t wearing boots…so I didn’t have an issue.

Looking for a unique and fun gift for yourself or  your traveler friends? How about a book 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!!

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