Last week's thunderstorms did more than mess up traffic and a bunch of trees. They also jacked up an iconic piece of Valley history.
The Starlite Motel, 2710 East Main Street in Mesa, lost its recognizable neon sign that showcased a three-paneled woman diving into a neon puddle of water.
(More info, images, and a video after the jump ...)
The 50-year-old sign had been given props in pop-art publications as well as websites such as www.roadsidepeek.com. But after a wind gust ripped the metal support pole, causing the neon to shatter on the hard, wet pavement, all folks are left with are photographs and memories.
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As of the time this post was published, there were no plans to repair or replace the 1960s-era roadside attraction.
To most, the sign was all there was to the Main Street Mesa motel. However, for others, the lodging center was also a pretty snazzy place to stay.
Here's a video of the departed sign in action: