Seattle’s Elephant Car Wash to shutter, sign to be saved

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle’s iconic pink elephant sign soon will have a new home. The Seattle Times reports the Elephant Car Wash on Battery Street near Denny Way will close permanently, according to a news release from the company on Thursday. The pink elephant sign — designed by Seattle’s “Queen of Neon,” Beatrice Haverfield — will be donated to the Museum of History and Industry in South Lake Union, which boasts an already-impressive collection of neon signage from other defunct and departed Seattle businesses. The signs housed there include the original Rainier Brewery ‘R,’ the 26-foot-tall Washington Natural Gas blue flame and many more.