Monday, April 21, 2008

Dallas Pegasus Sign

The red Pegasus neon sign that sits atop the Magnolia Hotel is one of the most recognizable landmarks of the downtown Dallas area...

The original sign was built in 1932 for the Magnolia Petroleum Company, and remained an easily visible sight that could be seen for miles. The often told tale is that on a clear night the sign lit up at night could be seen from as far away as 75 miles. On new year’s eve of 1999, the city rang in the new year’s and celebrated by ‘re-lighting’ the sign, after it had been turned off in 1997 for repairs.

The repairs and restoration process resulted in a whole new sign being built, due to the poor shape of the old sign and its parts. A more detailed history can be found at the Dallas Convention & Visitor’s Bureau website.

I photographed this during a work field trip on Friday, where Dallas was hosting an EarthFest festival to celebrate Earth Day, which just happens to be tomorrow, April 22nd.


Anonymous said...

nice angle on this photo and i love that blue sky!

Shosh said...

I was looking for this horse from Downtown the other day...can't find it.


Lynette said...

Pretty neat photo, Brian. Glad my crane photo gave you some memories of your grandfather.

b.c. said...

happy earth day!

smilnsigh said...

And being as 'old as the hills,' I knew it as 'The Flying Red Horse.' Think it was with the advertising for a gasoline. Which would go with it being built for a Petroleum Co.

Ask your Grandma. Bet she'll tell you that she remembers 'The Flying Red Horse' too. :-)