Austin Motel Sign
South Austin Texas USA
The Austin Motel – corporate free since 1938. Located on the west side of South Congress Avenue in south Austin Texas, this bright red landmark has greeted Austin visitors for more than 80 years now.
Famous Motel Sign
I shall quote author, songwriter, and long-time Austinite Kinky Friedman:
“The Austin Motel’s red neon sign rises up like the phallus of a mighty phoenix out of the ashes of South Congress Avenue. Many a tourist has gazed in wonder at the sign before turning to the next person to ask, ‘Is that a dick? That’s a dick! Gawd-damn!'”
(from “The Great Psychedelic Armadillo Picnic“, Kinky Friedman, p.103; Crown Publishers, 2004.)