Have you seen these great Tucson signs?

Have you seen these great Tucson signs?

If you dig the old hotel signs along Oracle Road near downtown, it's worth a one-block detour to check out three others on West Flores Street. That's just south and east of Grant and Oracle roads.  These signs have seen better days, to be sure, but they hint at an era when Miracle Mile was the place for tourists to stay.

Casa Linda made the news in 1953 when four of its female residents traveled to Detroit for an international bowling tournament. The Arizona Daily Star reported that the women were "outfitted western-like to plug Tucson." An advertisement from 1951 described Casa Linda as new and completely furnished right down to the dishes. Rent was $50 to $60 a month. By the next year, ads promised "air conditioning eventually."

Casa Linda made the news in 1953 when four of its female residents traveled to Detroit for an international bowling tournament. The Arizona Daily Star reported that the women were "outfitted western-like to plug Tucson."

An advertisement from 1951 described Casa Linda as new and completely furnished right down to the dishes. Rent was $50 to $60 a month. By the next year, ads promised "air conditioning eventually."

A 1948 advertisement for the Silver Saddle said it had "electric refrigerators" and was "air cooled." Does air cooled mean that on a 105-degree day it was 105 degrees inside the rooms?

It appears that Paul was Paul Tschampel Sr., who died about a year after he opened the lodge in 1961. A brief news story said his main asset was the Hide Away and that he left half of his estate to Square & Compass Children's Clinic. Let me know if you've seen other cool old signs hidden on side streets.

It appears that Paul was Paul Tschampel Sr., who died about a year after he opened the lodge in 1961. A brief news story said his main asset was the Hide Away and that he left half of his estate to Square & Compass Children's Clinic.

Let me know if you've seen other cool old signs hidden on side streets.

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