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#695663 - Fri Sep 29 2017 08:40 AM Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look)
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Loc: South of St. Louis, MO USA
frown On this day in 1959, workers removed this giant Red Crown Gasoline sign on the corner of Skinker and Clayton Roads in St. Louis, Missouri. It had 5,600 bulbs, 2,900 feet of neon tubing and five miles of wiring. It was destroyed. It was replaced by a similar sized Standard plastic sign, updated to AMOCO later. The AMOCO still stands there today over a BP station.


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#695665 - Fri Sep 29 2017 09:28 AM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas]
Ryan Underthun Offline
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Loc: Duluth, MN U.S.A
Wow, what a cool sign!
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#695672 - Fri Sep 29 2017 11:39 AM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Ryan Underthun]
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Originally Posted By Ryan Underthun
Wow, what a cool sign!


indeed it is or was .. ... cool
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#695674 - Fri Sep 29 2017 12:10 PM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Thu Jan 13 2011
Loc: Mt. Juliet, Tenn.
Biggest Amoco sign you will ever see, rates right up there with the budweiser sign. When I was in St Louis I would go right by it headed to the historic libaray researching the history of Pierce Oil.
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#695682 - Fri Sep 29 2017 01:07 PM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Thu Dec 13 2012
Loc: Wisconsin (South Central)
OK, now that took some support structure just to hold it place during a light breeze.
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#695714 - Fri Sep 29 2017 09:51 PM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas]
Nicole Offline
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Registered: Thu Dec 09 2010
Loc: Maryland
Alas, what else could they have done with the sign--not exactly a wall hanger. laugh

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#695864 - Sun Oct 01 2017 09:35 PM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Sat May 26 2012
Loc: Hays, Kansas
So cool! Too bad it got destroyed.
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#696063 - Thu Oct 05 2017 10:35 AM Re: Giant Sign Demolished in 1959 (don't look) [Re: Oldgas]
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Registered: Sat Feb 08 2014
Loc: Michigan, USA (near Chesterfie...
Even though that station tore the sign down, they have almost always had a big sign at that corner since the early 30's (with the exception of 1959-61). Like Jim said, there is still a large sign there today. There is a very nice four page article about that sign (written by Wayne Henderson) in the July 2017 PCM magazine.

Here is what the sign looks like today. Not exactly the Crown sign it was, but give them a little credit for keeping the nostalgia.

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Edited by Speedracer (Thu Oct 05 2017 10:57 AM)
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