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Glowing review: Arizona neon sign named one of coolest in the nation

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PHOENIX — There is something about seeing a neon sign-lined street that recalls an older time in the United States.

We’re not talking about the monstrosities on display along the Las Vegas Strip, but the smaller ones, typically owned by an individual business, that attracted hungry or tired drivers along American roadways.

Arizona is no stranger to neon signs. In fact, Mesa used to be a hot spot for them and groups are working to preserve the history the signs carry.

But according to AFAR magazine, one of the nation’s coolest neon signs is located a couple hours down the road from its brethren in the East Valley.

The publication said the sign at the now-closed Lo’s Chinese Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge in Kingman is one of the best the country has to offer.

Although the restaurant shuttered years ago (no great gastronomic loss, judging by the Yelp reviews), the rusty but colorful sign remains standing. It is missing most of its bulbs and its typography is a little, shall we say, racially insensitive — but hey, made you look!

If you want to check out the sign for yourself — but we recommend doing so in the daytime, because of the lights being out — you can see it on Route 66 in Kingman, just south of Interstate 40.

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