|Rainbow Oaks Restaurant - Rainbow, CA (est. 1946)|
The importance of the Rainbow Oaks sign can not be overstated. Situated in a roadside town of less than 2,000 residents, the sign put Rainbow on the multi-fold, AAA roadmap for motorists who otherwise might have breezed right through town without ever knowing there was a place to stop for a cold beer. In its heyday, the sign was probably as bright and shiny as a brand new penny, but I love the faded beauty of its many components - market & motel, RC Cola, cold beer, the neon Rainbow Oaks, and the pinnacle light box with a cocktail glass that is drunk on its own contents.
|Being a early bird, I always seem to capture these neat signs in the bright light of midday - still beautiful but dim.|
To catch this sign in all of its neon glory. you can drive to Rainbow, CA after dark or follow this link.
It is tough to go for a drive with Mr. Tiny because the car makes frequent stops and dangerous, whiplash-inducing maneuvers to get a good photograph of an inspiring sign. If we stopped as much as I wanted to, we would never make it past the county line! Rainbow Oaks Restaurant's sign was definitely worth the stop, with or without a refreshing RC Cola.
Rainbow Oaks Restaurant
4815 5th St