This last vestiges of the Pioneer name disappeared from Echo Park’s business scene this afternoon when the Pioneer Chicken sign – complete with its chubby cook and wagon – was taken down and trucked away from Echo Park Avenue near Sunset Boulevard. Residents The same block were Pioneer Chicken opened about 40 years ago was also once home to a Pioneer Market and a Pioneer Liquor. No more. The former Pioneer chicken stand – which served as the launching pad for a once fast-growing fast food chain – closed last March. It is being replaced by a Little Caesars pizza outlet.
Update: The sign was shipped to Eagle Signs in Ontario, where it was “recycled,” said an employee named Bob. “It went by the wayside this morning.”
Top photo by David Eng; bottom photo by