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Neon signs display still in the works

A lightly attended meeting of the group working to preserve and display Sunnyside's historic neon signs met last night (Wednesday) at the Sunnyside Chamber of Commerce.

Pam Turner reported that plans to store the five signs currently in the city's possession are going forward.

Three of the signs are owned by the city, but two have uncertain ownership. How much storage space is required for the signs is unknown because of that uncertainty.

The city owns the apiary/honey sign that was on the building at the corner of Sunnyside-Mabton Highway and Lincoln Avenue. The Lindstrand Jewelers sign and the Amundson's Hardware sign are also owned by the city.

The city also currently has possession of the Safari sign and a National Gas sign.

Sue Jetter reported on her visit to Las Vegas where she was able to check out the neon sign preservation efforts.

A private effort has neon signs attached to a building for display, and is similar to some of the ideas the Sunnyside group has considered.

The museum in Neon Boneyard Park has an impressive entrance sign and a large collection of classic signs, but the signs are mostly on the ground. Jetter was informed that the cost of mounting signs is often more than the cost to restore the signs in the first place.

A date for the next meeting was not set.

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