Cherokee Village says goodbye to iconic welcome sign

Cherokee Village says goodbye to iconic welcome sign
(Source: Graycen Bigger)

CHEROKEE VILLAGE, AR (KAIT) - A stone-wrapped sign that has welcomed visitors to Cherokee Village for half a century is bidding farewell.

The city announced Tuesday the iconic sign situated on Highway 61 will be removed to make way for a Casey’s General Store.

Originally built in 1969, the concrete block sign wrapped in native stone and topped with wood has served as a landmark for more than five decades.

The sign, according to a news release, sits on land commonly known as the “South Entrance.”

The landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years as a shopping center, bank, pharmacy, and other businesses were built on the surrounding land.

The sign will be removed to make way for construction of the new convenience store, which is expected to begin this spiring.

Even though the sign will come down, it will not necessarily be out.

“We are saving the native stone and wood from the large sign with the hopes to incorporate it in future community signage or monuments,” said Jonathan Rhodes, president of American Land Company which owns the sign and adjoining land.

“For many of us who care deeply about the village, the sign is more than just a landmark,” Rhodes added. “It represents the passage of time.”

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