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Amtrak station’s missing sign found, returned

Carey Maynard-Moody, president of the Depot Redux group, talks Saturday about the return of the Lawrence sign that was stolen from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe depot.

Carey Maynard-Moody, president of the Depot Redux group, talks Saturday about the return of the Lawrence sign that was stolen from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe depot.

August 29, 2010

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Now that the 8-foot neon Lawrence sign has returned home to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe depot, the question is what to do with it.

Historic sign found in local park

A sign that reads "Lawrence" that was stolen from the Amtrak station was found in Martin Park. Enlarge video

The sign with blue capital letters spelling out “LAWRENCE” had been missing for about a month. A day after a story about its disappearance appeared in the Journal-World, a caller reported to the newspaper that it could be found in Martin Park, in northwest Lawrence.

Just over an hour later, the sign was delivered to Carey Maynard-Moody, president of the Depot Redux group.

It came in a Christmas tree box with a note wishing a “Merry Christmas” and “signed” Bill Self.

On Saturday morning, the newly recovered sign was on display at the east Lawrence train depot as Depot Redux board members sat nearby discussing what should become of it.

They agreed it should be kept safely in storage until Amtrak moved forward with its upgrades to re-brand the train station.

The missing sign put in jeopardy Amtrak’s plan to restore the two 1950s neon Lawrence signs on the east and west side of the buildings. They also intend to install a new Lawrence sign on the south side depot facing the downtown.

With much of the support fixtures gone and the neon tubing missing, Maynard-Moody said the returned sign was in no shape to be put back in place immediately.

“The only thing returned were the letters, and there is more to a sign than letters,” she said.

Depot Redux, a community organization working to restore the 55-year-old train station, plans to discuss with city officials what security measures could be put in place on the north side of the building to prevent another theft.

While Maynard-Moody is thankful the sign is home, she said the group is still “pretty wounded.”

“Every time this depot is offended in this way, it hurts the entire community,” she said.

Comments

tsunami9320 3 years, 7 months ago

“Every time this depot is offended in this way, it hurts the entire community,” she said.


OK, Carey, I'll oblige. There is absolutely nothing remarkable, nor even remotely historic, about that mid-'50s collection of concrete, mortar, and glass. It can go the way of the old A&P store downtown, and no one will be bothered by it for more than about 17 seconds.

Was that offensive enough? I don't want to disappoint you.

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 7 months ago

So, maybe this sign was never really 'stolen". And a new sign on the south side will not face downtown, since downtown is uptown to the west of the train station.

Is this town in need of a Garmin?

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oneeye_wilbur 3 years, 7 months ago

That sign in the photo , with all the holes in it , it would make anice Christmas decoration. If, the holes had littleSanta heads popping from them Or it could be laid flat and turned into a candelabra OR it could be taken to 12th and Haskell and turned into some metal car ramps after being melted down and shipped to China.

Where exactly was this sign when it was stolen? On the roof? It really got stolen from the roof? I don't recall seeing a real story about the theft other than it was missing.

Security measures? How about a camera? Or maybe better installation of the sign. Something is not adding up in this story. It is beginning to sound like a promotion effort for the station.

Doubt that homeless people would have taken it clear to Martn Park. Depot ReDOUX needs to DOUX something about clarification of the sign theft.

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Kat Christian 3 years, 7 months ago

They need an express train from here to KC or to Topeka for people who wish to compute to work and make it easier, accessible and less time to commute. Taking the train across country is less than $30 flying but hours longer than flying because of the lengthly stop-overs at exchange locations. So until Amtrak improves that gap and keeps the fares lower than flying not many people are going to want to travel by train.

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Norma Jeane Baker 3 years, 7 months ago

Maybe you should consider paying for a local body shop to rehab the sign, merrill. You're always pretty quick as to how others should spend their money and time.

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Richard Heckler 3 years, 7 months ago

Rehab the sign in the color green...

Maybe a local body shop would consider helping with sign rehab?

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Rachael Sudlow 3 years, 7 months ago

I would LOVE to buy the sign...it's awesome looking

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Depot Redux 3 years, 7 months ago

The new sign Amtrak will install on the south side of the depot, facing downtown, will NOT say LAWRENCE. Enough already with identifying the station stop. It will say...AMTRAK. That Amtrak stops in Lawrence will be news to many.

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KU_cynic 3 years, 7 months ago

Now the depot has been "offended." Sheesh.

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