We decided early this morning that we would deem today "Neon Sign Saturday" and thought you might enjoy seeing a few of the gems New Mexico has to offer.
Neon signs and road trips go hand in hand, but it's not easy (or inexpensive) to keep these important pieces of our roadside history in working condition. We thought we'd take this opportunity to share a batch of New Mexico signs that have all benefited from grants intended to ensure that these works of art will continue to shine.
Each of the signs featured in the batch below have been repaired and restored with the help of grant monies from one or more of the following preservation organizations: the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the New Mexico State Historic Preservation Division, the New Mexico Route 66 Association, and the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
We timed our visit to the Blue Swallow to arrive as the sign was being lit for the night. We thought the two photos showed what an impact a neon sign can make for a business.
West of Tucumcari
In addition to signage, it's hard not to stop every mile or two as the sun sets on any road trip. We've found that the "golden hour" pretty much means we'll need an extra hour to get where we're going.