I noticed LILEKS (James) has a picture of this Lufkin, Texas, motel back in its prime as a part of his excellent "the american motel" series he's just completed.
“Sun” isn’t exactly a rare commodity, which is perhaps why they added “Pines” for that extra oomph. This motel still exists in Lufkin, but I can’t vouch for the sign. The pool, incidentally, was “Tropically Heated.” You know, the tropics. Where they have all the pines.
I can vouch for the sign, as well as the tropical heat:
Not quite the same, is it? Why would it have been dismantled? Either it changed hands, and the new owners felt the sign looked too dated (I can't imagine that), or it was damaged, somehow, beyond repair.
At least the office has retained some of its retro appeal (curved lines, etc.):
Also, I imagine these letters would have been pretty cool back when they worked:
I bet the pool is no longer "tropically heated." The effects of global warming here in Texas has taken care of the need for that!