Archive for Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Work begins on welcome sign

June 13, 2007

With a striking background of red behind white letters that pop, Lansing proclaims itself to be "The city with a future."

The city's motto tops off the new welcome sign along Kansas Highway 7 just south of the city.

This will be the third sign Gene Young, Lansing, has erected at the location, and it's been five years in the making.

Under the warm welcome and city motto, the sign will advertise 10 organizations within the Lansing community that Young said have been instrumental in its success.

"I think it is to let people know and promote people to join these organizations that do so much," he said. "Everyone should join them some time in their life and give back to the community."

These organizations, such as Kiwanis Club, Rotary International, American Legion and Lions International, all donated money toward the creation of the sign. Printed under the logos of each organization will be the date, time and place of regular meetings.

Young said many of the clubs on the sign offered their members extra service points for attending a meeting outside their usual city. He said this would be a great way to attract those visitors on vacation looking for a way to join in.

Young put up the first sign in that same location in 1960. He said at that time it was all hand painted and included the population of Lansing, which was less than 1,000 people.

Although he said he couldn't take credit for the motto, "The city with a future," he couldn't quite remember where he first heard it. It might have appeared as far back as 1900, he said, but whenever it was, he immediately recognized its catchy appeal.

A second sign was put up about 20 years later but was destroyed five years ago. Young said while two water lines were being joined at the location a large hole was dug. One night there was a violent storm and the next thing he knew the sign was in the middle of a nearby field.

Young has spent the past five years raising money, getting together the materials and acquiring the necessary Kansas Department of Transportation permits, but his work has paid off and now drivers from all over can get a glimpse at what to expect as they enter the city of Lansing.

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