AtoZ Challenge 2021 – Signs Signs – The D Signs #atozchallenge

Welcome to another year of the AtoZ Challenge.  This year I am doing signs that I have seen across the country.  This post will feature signs associated with the Letter D. ENJOY THE RIDE!

We can’t avoid signs.  They are everywhere.  Advertisements, informational signs, directional signs, business signs and, sometimes, even humorous and fun signs.  Each of my posts in this years’ challenge will feature a hodgepodge of signs I have come across in my travels.  In most cases, I’ll also note where they were taken.  Some were actually inside of shops or otherwise, so not all will have locations.  I hope you enjoy this fun trip each day of April.

Lets start with donuts! Y’all like donuts don’t you? There are some pretty amazing and unique donut places out there. Here are some from the road on my previous trips.

Perhaps the best example of donuts is Voodoo Doughnut, which started in Portland

Voodoo Doughnut – Austin, Texas
Voodoo is famous for the pink boxes and their unique red jelly filled voodoo doll donuts – Portland, Oregon

Do you remember your days as a kid in school and asking a friend if they want a “Hurts Donut?”  You hit their arm and say “Hurts Don’t It?”  Well, someone took advantage of that name and there is a chain of them around.

Hurts Donut – Frisco, Texas
Hurts is unique. They sell t-shirts that also serve as a coupon for a free donut.

Last winter I got to visit another unique Donut place in Campbell, California.  Psycho Donuts only has two shops, but they have good and really unique donut offerings as well.

Psycho Donuts – Campbell, California
Anti-Valentine day donuts at Psycho Donuts

Finally, I cam across this place in Pittsburgh.  Loved the 1960s style.

Peace Love and Donuts – Pittsburgh

From Donuts to a couple of Ice Cream places.  We all see the DQ ads on TV and elsewhere.  In the olden days they were known just as Dairy Queen and had a much different sign.  I found one of the old ones in Williams, Arizona, which is a Route 66 town.

Old Dairy Queen sign in Williams, Arizona

And then there is a “swirl-off” called Dairy Yum-Yum…

Dairy Yum-Yum in Aberdeen, Ohio

And then there is Dumser’s Drive-in

Dumser’s Drive-In – Ocean City, Maryland

Gotta wash down that Ice Cream with a Dr Pepper…

Dr Pepper Sign – Hico, Texas
Another Dr Pepper wall art mural in HIco, Texas
Dr Pepper Motel sign in Kadoka, South Dakota
Another Dr Pepper Mural – this one in Lampassas, Texas
Finally, a few years back in Dublin, Texas, where Dr Pepper used to be bottled, the town would be Dr Pepper, Texas for a day. No longer…

Or, you could try Double Cola

Double Cola sign Ethridge, Tennessee
Double Cola in Glendale, Kentucky

Do you have a dog?  Well, we know they like to do their #2 thing and some places have now posted their Dog Poop signs.

Dog Poop sign in Nipton, California
Dog Poop Sign in Uranus, Missouri – 6 years Prison and NO Ice Cream!

Of course, there are other non-poop Dog signs out there.

Dog Beers – Seen at the Wig Wam in Bremerton, Washington
Understand Your Dog Breath Spray – the best breath spray yet! Paradise Point, Scottsville, Kentucky
Dog Sign on a back road in Kentucky. The checklist indicates that theirs is a “Dumb Dog”
Big Dog at Windmill Hill on Woodstock, Ontario

Here are a few other “D” signs and things.

Drive on By – seen at a Tire Discounters in Florence, Kentucky
I Dream of a World – seen in Austin, Texas
Drive the Dragon in Tennessee. The hat says it all.
Dr. Pierce’s Golden Medical Discovery – Waterville, Washington
Details Matter graffiti sign the Details Matter car detailing place in Hamilton, Ohio
Dino Gas — Decatur, Texas
The Dude Motel in Haltom City, Texas
Desert Skies Motel in Gallup, New Mexico (on Route 66)
Dam Fine Food and Spirits in Hell, Michigan
Dick and Charlie’s Tea Room on Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas
Dutch Mill Diner in Tillamook, Oregon

And then there are the unique town names.  My favorite is Davey, Nebraska for some reason.

Davey, Nebraska
No, I couldn’t resist
Entering Drain, Oregon. I was afraid I would go down the drain.
Direct, Texas
DISH Texas, named after that Satellite TV Company of course
Doolittle, Missouri
Ding Dong, Texas
Devil’s Elbow, Missouri
Delight, Arkansas (Birthplace of Glen Campbell by the way)
Dime Box, Texas
Decatur, Texas

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