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Fundraising campaign launched for 66 Motel sign March 30, 2012

Posted by Ron Warnick in Motels, Preservation, Signs.
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Ed Klein of Route 66 World wants to restore the historic neon sign at the 66 Motel in Needles, Calif., to its former glory. So he’s launched a Indiegogo fundraising drive at the Indiegogo site.

Klein explained:

The 66 Motel sign in Needles CA is one of THE most iconic signs along the famed highway. And after doing several other restoration projects, this one was long overdue. The restoration itself will be a simple process – paint, light bulbs, neon, transformers and electrical work to get it lit up again.

The paint and materials will be covered by me. I have already started work on the sign by scraping, cleaning, painting, removing all the broken neon and light bulbs, and pulled transformers and all the old ‘bad’ wiring.

The fundraiser is mostly for the replacement of the neon lights / glass, the transformers, and the electrical work to get it to ‘light up the night sky’ like it did over 15 years ago!

It’s hoped that the restoration of the sign will persuade the owners of the property to reopen it to overnight travelers. For now, the seven-unit 66 Motel is being used as apartments.

Klein wants to raise $3,600 by April 18. And a number of Route 66-related businesses have donated goods to Klein so he can use them as gifts for those who donate above a certain threshold.

(Photo of the 66 Motel sign courtesy of Ed Klein)

Comments»

1. Frances Freeman-Johnson - March 30, 2012

Wow! Thanks, I’ll be sending my $ – It’s a beautiful sign! Thanks for noticing and doing something to preserve it!

2. Anonymous - April 15, 2012

What is the address????

Frances Freeman-Johnson - April 16, 2012

17474 Santa Maria St
Fountain Valley, Ca 92708

3. Sara Nelson - May 15, 2012

The 66 Motel in Needles was owned at one time by my grandparents. Our family would love to be involved. Please let me know how we can help!


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