By David Kelly – On a recent trip to Los Angeles, my Sign Geek friends and I spent a lot of time hunting signs. We are like big game hunters, but we shoot signs. With cameras. In five days, I shot over 2000 frames. Southern California has the highest concentration of amazing vintage neon signs […]

Big Grand Coulee

Not only is it Summer Festival season, but it’s also time to start planning summer road trips! This trip through the big rocks, lakes, and a great big Dam is a wonderful drive through the Coulee Corridor of Eastern Washington. It combines amazing scenery, recreation, swimming opportunities, dry heat, affordable motels, panoramic views, and maybe best of all, an under-appreciated […]

The Ranch Motel, Oakland/Rice Hill, Oregon

By David Kelly In the Great State of Oregon, there are 3 vintage motels that feature A-frame cabins for rooms. Route 66 has teepee-shaped motels (the Wigwams) and Oregon has, well, triangles. Mostly built in the 1960s, the saw-tooth profile created by a group of A-frames certainly stands out from the other motels on highway. […]


Yes, this is George Porter (The Meters) with Professor Longhair, BB King, and Roosevelt Sykes on the same stage! ….. as captured by Michael P Smith at Jazz Fest in the 70’s. This amazing photo is just one of the many that inspired me to not only go to Jazz Fest the first time, but […]

RootsAustin 1

Texas is one of the most roots-rich states in the Union. It’s tradition and unparalleled pride winds down through the 20th century like the green-watered Guadalupe River twists its way through the center of the state. No where is mid-century Texas preserved better than in Austin, the throbbing cultural and geographic center of the Lone Star State. Known […]

The Biggest Little City in the World. Photo Essay by David Kelly. Settled in the 1850s, during gold & silver mining booms, Reno eventually became America’s biggest gambling destination. It was also known as the divorce capitol of the US. The rapid growth of the area peaked in the mid 20th Century. Due to changes […]

Big Sur

This is Hwy 1 on the California coast at Big Sur. It’s a famed stretch of freedom road invoked in literature, presidential debates, and inspiration for bo-ho culture and many Sunset magazine cover photos. Henry Miller hung out here and it’s just about as pretty a spot you can imagine. These snap shots are just south of the Bixby Bridge taken by […]