It's Neon Time!
Neon expert David Hutson has restored multiple signs along Route 66 in Missouri, including the Donut Drive-In and Sunset Motel signs. While making the feature-length documentary Show Me 66: Main Street Through Missouri, we spent some time with Hutson at Neon Time, his shop in St. Charles. There we discussed the role neon played on Route 66 and why neon has become such a big part of the road's cultural legacy. Not all of our interview made the cut for the final film, but the information was too interesting not to share. Click below to watch Hutson discuss the science behind neon lighting and some of the reasons why neon was so successful on Route 66.
Here's a fun tidbit: You can see the piece of neon Hutson is creating on display in the Route 66 exhibit currently at the Missouri History Museum. Just look for the letter C in the Chase sign.
—Andrew Wanko, Public Historian