Today I’m rounding up California sights from our road trip, including many more abandoned buildings, neon signs, and even a Twilight Zone filming location!
Rustic Oasis Motel, 2005 U.S. 395, Olancha. “Temporarily Closed” according to Google.
Airflite Cafe, US-395, Olancha. Abandoned.
Invisible Theme Park cited a CalTrans survey (although I could not locate the survey on CalTrans’ website) that the Airflite Cafe was built in 1948 and originally served as a garage and store, later becoming the Airflite Cafe in 1957. On April 7, 1961 it became a television star of The Twilight Zone, when it appeared in “A Hundred Yards Over the Rim” from season two. Eventually it became the Stagecoach Inn, which closed in 1975, later becoming a market.
Gas station, across the street from Airflite Cafe. Abandoned.
Big Pine Motel, 370 S. Main Street, Big Pine. Operational.
Welch’s Pancake House, 400 S. Main Street, Big Pine. Abandoned.
Lee Vining Motel, 51439 US-395, Lee Vining. Operational.
Service station, 73160, Baker Boulevard, Baker. Abandoned.
Bun Boy sign, 71927 Baker Boulevard, Baker. Abandoned.
The Bun Boy was a combination motel and restaurant, established in 1926. The buildings and signage remain, but both businesses have shuttered, and their buildings aren’t all that interesting, but I simply adore the font on this massive neon sign. The address above is actually for a gas station, but it provides the best view of the sign. It’s also located across from Arnie’s Royal Hawaiian Motel written about earlier. To check out the motel, visit 72129 I-15 BUS in Baker.
Stay tuned for one last road trip post by Patrick, as he shares the results from his film photography!
If you choose to visit and photograph these locations, please remember to be respectful. Many of these signs are located on or near residences. I always abide by “No Trespassing” signs and use my telephoto to get close-up shots.
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