Thursday, March 03, 2011

Cason Point: Seems like eons since we saw this neon

For more than 50 years, nobody needed to ask if they were in Oxnard — yet. The iconic sign out front of the Wagon Wheel Restaurant and Motel enlightened them.

And what a sight it was. The scene in brilliant neon showed a cowboy at the reins of an overloaded buckboard driving his team to exhaustion, his whip cracking the night sky.
Courtesy photo/Jeff Maulhardt The neon sign, like the Wagon Wheel Motel in Oxnard, lost its luster as the years passed, as this shot taken around 2000 shows. The motel closed in 2006.

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