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Kenosha Institution
Kenosha Institution
Taken at night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, this is the sign for a drive-in burger stand named "The Spot." After repeated meals there I can say with great certainty they serve the best greasy burgers (and root beer) I've had in the Midwest. I'm told by my local expert that this sign has been there since they opened in the 1950s. Being on the corner of an intersection with a sign this bright and food this good (served until the wee hours of the morning regardless of what the weather is like) means you attract drunk drivers. Drunks tend to crash into things. I'm told that this sign has been knocked down numerous times, but they just get it fixed and put back up. That's persistence. I love the way this neon, alone in the night sky, makes you feel like you've traveled back in time.

Current Location: Z"ha'dum
Current Mood: hungry hungry
Current Music: Linkin Park -- Place for My Head

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dexcat From: dexcat Date: December 4th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Very nice picture, you really got some nice deep blacks and good exposure on the neon! Been to Kenosha, but never seen this place.. May have to visit it sometime!
prophetx From: prophetx Date: December 4th, 2007 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
Thurman's would like a word with you
ya_wot_aver From: ya_wot_aver Date: December 4th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Mmmmmmmmm. Spot!

Well done with the piccy!

Hey, I got two rolls of my Milwaukee pics back. So far they are not terribly fucked! WooT!
brianblackberry From: brianblackberry Date: December 4th, 2007 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
1.5 miles from my home =)
jingle From: jingle Date: December 4th, 2007 05:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Awesome signage!
datahawk From: datahawk Date: December 4th, 2007 08:08 am (UTC) (Link)
The Spot, is THE greatest place ever. And yes, the best root beer. gawds I haven't had them in a long time...
wolfbrotherjoe From: wolfbrotherjoe Date: December 4th, 2007 01:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a natural Southern Kenoshian.
midwestcougar From: midwestcougar Date: December 4th, 2007 01:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
I might have to take a mini-roadtrip.
loboguara From: loboguara Date: December 6th, 2007 04:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
I need to get a nighttime photo of the sign atop my favorite timeless place, the Red Arrow Diner. It's been there since 1928, open 24 hours, and you feel like you ought to be wearing a fedora when you walk in, or might see people at the long counter arguing about the war in Europe. Place totally out of time.

And the sign on the roof is, of course, an enormous red neon arrow pointing to the base of a tall, vertical "RED A R R O W" in double-line neon letters, and a circle with "24 HRS" and "Blue Plate Specials" at the bottom.

From down the block, even, you know you're going to get a heavy-gauge cup of great coffee, comfort food, and staff and cooks yelling back and forth in diner shorthand speak. I love it.

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