FILE PHOTO - Part of the Starlite Motel's Diving Lady sign was on display at Mesa's Fiesta Mall.
Brian Barela, left, and Levi and Larry Graham of Graham's Neon and Electric Sign Specialists in Mesa pose with a portion of the Starlite Motel's "Diving Lady" sign on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, to be taken to Fiesta Mall where it will be on display for the next several months in hopes of eliciting donations for its restoration.
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East Mesa's neon-sign decorated corridor harkens back to a bygone era that no longer sees the number of tourists flocking to places such as Starlite Motel along Main Street. Feb. 20, 2009
E.V. historic sites are fighting for survival
THREATENED: The Arizona Preservation Foundation has named
several areas as the most endangered historical properties in the
East Valley, including the Buckhorn Baths in east Mesa.
Here is a picture of Alice Sliger (front row, center) with the owners and some players of the San Francisco Giants in front of the Buckhorn Mineral Baths in the mid-1960s. Hall of Fame pitcher Gaylord Perry is pictured in the back row, fifth from the left. Perry’s father is pictured on Sliger’s right.
The Society for Commercial Archeology has named two Mesa sites
to its 10 most endangered roadside places list. The Buckhorn Baths
came in fourth on the list and The Diving Lady came in fifth.
“The list showcases the diversity of roadside places and highlights
the issues and challenges facing the preservation of these
important resources,” the society states in a press release.
The Diving Lady, a 78-foot-tall neon sign that features three
stages of a lady in a springboard dive that was in front of the
Starlite Motel for 50 years, came crashing down during a heavy
thunderstorm in October. The society is making a $250 contribution
to help the sign’s restoration.
The Society for Commercial Archeology was established as part of
the Falling by the Wayside program in 2010 to raise awareness of
the importance of roadside places throughout the United States.