Miracle MileHighway 99, Redding, CA

Motel signs sketch by Chandler O'Leary

More vintage goodness along Highway 99: sunny Redding, California is filled to the brim with old neon signs. On this day I was road tripping with a fellow travel blogger, my friend Mary-Alice (and her pup Chloe). The girls were remarkably patient with me while I insisted on stopping every thirty seconds to sketch more signs. But it was such a perfect day—how could I have passed it up?

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Comments (9)

  1. Kristy

    Love your sketches! Love your view of the world! Looking forward to seeing more! Colossal just shared your work, should get busy here!

  2. Patti

    Just came across your site and I’m in awe – partly because of your obvious talent – partly because I love, love, love, road trips and partly because I love nostalgia and your art takes me there. My name is Patti, I’ve liked your FB page, and I can be found at http://www.oneroadatatime.com I’m looking forward to following!

  3. Franca

    I’m so glad I found out about your blog. I found simply amazing how you sketch instead of taking photos , it’s awesome!
    I love it, keep them coming 🙂

  4. anna maria lopez lopez

    I love vintage signs, I love roadtrips and I really love your illustration art 🙂
    From now on I am going to follow you on your watercolor trips !

    Greetings from Spain

    PD. When a Route 66 illustration serie? 😉 I already got my kicks on Route 66 😉

  5. cathe carson

    My dad built all these signs and many more!!! We had Redding Neon Sign Co. The only electric sign company in the North state. I was absolutely thrilled to see your beautiful sketches of these iconic landmarks here in Redding!

    1. Chandler O'Leary Post author

      Wow, what a great story! I’m so glad so many of those signs are still around—that was my first visit to Redding (rather than simply passing by on the highway), and it was such a wonderful treat to see them there in all their glory. Thank you for sharing!

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