Cowtown Neon (Part 1): Gone Is the Rocket’s Red Glare

These neon signs, alas, won’t light up the night again without major repairs:

The ex-Rox Ex: The longtime East Side extermination company on Vaughn Boulevard is no more.

meadowbrook sign“The End”: The Meadowbrook Drive-In Theater on Riverside Drive long ago ran its last end credits.

Cold cuts: Ashburn’s ice cream shop on East Rosedale Street is now a Subway sandwich shop.

Say it with stamps: Former florist shop (1925) that gave S&H Green Stamps on Magnolia Street.

“Your credit jeweler”: The former Joe Daiches store on Houston Street downtown.

building gauselook up gause verticalThe 1910 building was built by undertaker George Gause. Note the “G” in the cast-stone panel on the parapet.

neon clover driftwoodThis sign originally advertised the Clover Driftwood drive-in restaurant on East Lancaster, owned by Herman and Odell Allen, who owned the chain of Clover drive-in restaurants.

signs poly theater poly signA no-show: The Poly Theater on Vaughn Boulevard has been derelict for years.

school r vickeryAdvertisin’, old school: Club Frennadna’s operated in the old R. Vickery Elementary School (1910).

jacksboro rocketBlast from the past: The Rocket night club on Jacksboro Highway is now a muffler shop.

Tomorrow: Cowtown Neon (Part 2): Red Goose, White Elephant

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6 Responses to Cowtown Neon (Part 1): Gone Is the Rocket’s Red Glare

  1. Jann Jeter says:

    I remember the Ashburn’s over on Sylvania Avenue in Oakhurst. It was such a treat to go there and get a cone. I remember the boys behind the counter in their white shirts and those little paper hats. The place was always sparkling clean – and chilly. A real respite during the hot summer. Wish they were still around.

    • hometown says:

      Jann, heck, I’ll bet most folks in Poly thought WE had the only Ashburn’s in the solar system. But then we didn’t get out much. Ashburn’s seems to be one of those universal fond memories.

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