City officials in Miami, Okla., on Monday dedicated a new Route 66-themed gateway sign on the south edge of downtown, according to KSNF and KODE-TV in Joplin, Mo.
“We think it’s something Miami will be known for. It’s a landmark,” states Larry Eller, Miami Risk Coordinator.
It’s a large, high profile change on Main Street, not easy to ignore.
“It’s a very inviting sign encouraging people to get off Steve Owens and come to downtown Miami, shop, eat,” states Eller.
The gateway sign is a rough replica of one in the early 20th century that spanned Central and C streets in Miami, before it was removed during the 1930s. The new, 40-foot-wide sign spanning Main Street just north of Steve Owens Boulevard (map here).
According to earlier reports, the gateway sign was paid in part with a $120,000 grant from the Oklahoma Scenic Byways Program, along with $20,000 in city funds and $10,000 from the Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau.