The “Welcome to Kilgore” sign was placed at the city limits on Highway 42 South / Industrial Blvd last week.
This sign serves as the first test case for the new design. The novel and familiar design by former Kilgore News Herald editor James Draper takes cues from many Kilgore landmarks including the Crim Theater, Community Inn, the city’s logo and the drive-in theater marquee.
The project was headed up by Kilgore Code Enforcement Officer Justin Windham and makes use of the brick facade and concrete foundation from previous “Welcome” signs, saving between $8,000 — $15,000 per sign as compared to a ground-up build.
The main letters will be backlit with LED lights and the “Welcome To” portion will be illuminated from the front once electrical service is installed later this year. There are a few tweaks to colors and contrast that will be made prior to installation at the other five locations.
Based on feedback from a May 28 Facebook post, the sign is a hit, with one viewer vowing to drive in from Kentucky for a photo op.