❝ There are nine new reasons to rediscover Route 66 in New Mexico. In 2003, nine vintage Route 66 neon signs have been restored to their former brilliance. From the wonderful TeePee Curio Shop sign in Tucumcari, to the wild and crazy neon Rotosphere in Moriarty, to the elegant Lexington Hotel sign in Gallup, the beauty and artistry of classic neon is once again dazzling and delighting Route 66 enthusiasts.
❝ There was a time when Mercury Meteors, Olds Rocket 88s, and the Pontiac Star Chiefs would trek through a galaxy of neon on Route 66. The streets with illuminated with a palette of ruby reds, sapphire blues, and emerald greens that broadcast promises of adventure, discovery, and gratification. Neon cowboys, Indians, sombreros, teepees, cactus, longhorn steers, thunderbirds, swallows, wiener dogs, ponies, and other critters and characters would come out at night to greet visitors. Places with neon lit names like the Bow and Arrow, the Royal Palacio, the Pig Stand, the Lariat, the Oasis, the Arrowhead, the Desert Sun, and the Trails West called out with invitations to stop and experience something unique.
RTFA. Just another reason traveling around our state remains fun. Sign restorations continue as do restorations on any old motel that comes up for sale.
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Restored Roto-Sphere at night in Moriarty NM (video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihM-7TWRWYU “Roto-Sphere signs are perhaps the biggest and most dramatic neon signs ever mass-produced. They were created and produced by Warren Milks from 1960-1971. Milks made approximately 234 of them and only about 18 of them are left. Of these, only four are fully operational. Roto-Spheres were promoted as sign add-ons and distributed nationwide, with a few sent outside the country.” http://www.roadarch.com/sca/roto.html “The sixteen aluminum, neon-outlined spikes are each eight feet long. The center ball is composed of two counter-rotating hemispheres that make a 37″ sphere of 1/2″ steel. The whole thing weighs 1,000 pounds and rotates on the pole. The mechanism that drives it resembles an automobile’s rear axle differential, making it problematic and costly to maintain.” (additional video and info) http://www.thelope.com/2007/10/sputversary.html
The neon sign creations of Warren Milks including the Roto-Sphere, Roto-Turn, Turn-Star, and others. Film footage from early 1960s. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leuut7nITdI
See https://roadsidenut.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/day-24-leaving-louisiana/ re: Playhouse 90 intro see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pdPWz5o-ws Warren D. Milks, 89, passed away on February 7, 2012.