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Rock Springs in Sweetwater County, Wyoming — The American West (Mountains)
 

Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign

1929-1997

 
 
Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
1. Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign Marker
Inscription.  On June 6, 1929, the Rock Springs Coal "Welcome" sign was lit. The Union Pacific Coal Company Employes' Magazine reported it spanned the Lincoln Highway and was approximately 100 feet from the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad. It was reportedly the largest, arch neon sign erected in the Rocky Mountain West and "afforded convenient visibility from the passenger and Pullman car windows." It was the first sign erected to advertise the product of an industry--COAL--upon which citizens of the area depended for their livelihood.

When the Lincoln Highway was relocated, the sign was moved nearer the log cabin Chamber of Commerce building on Bridger Avenue where it remained until Western Wyoming Community College refurbished it, changed the colors, and erected it over the entryway to the College. After that it was dismantled, and nearly destroyed, until 1994 when the Rock Springs Historical Museum Board, with assisted funding from the Wyoming Centennial Committee, restored the sign to its earlier grandeur and returned it near its original site at Railroad Park.

On September 7, 1997, the sign was rededicated by former Governor
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Mike Sullivan who reminded the community that "Welcome" is still a very large part of Rock Springs and Sweetwater County; and the "trend of progress" begun in 1928, when the idea for the sign originated, carries on today in welcoming progress and industry to the area.
 
Erected by Rock Springs Historical Museum Board.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1927.
 
Location. 41° 35.179′ N, 109° 13.261′ W. Marker is in Rock Springs, Wyoming, in Sweetwater County. Marker is at the intersection of S. Main Street and C Street, on the right when traveling west on S. Main Street. Marker is located at the western end of Railroad Park next to the Welcome sign. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rock Springs WY 82901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Beneath This Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tragedy Remembered (within shouting distance of this marker); "Charlie Smith" (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Springs Coal (within shouting distance of this marker); Rock Spring Stage Station Site (approx. 1.3 miles away); Oil Derrick (approx. 1.6 miles
Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
2. Rock Springs Coal Welcome Sign
Marker is located to the right (east) of the sign
away); Tipples and the Reliance Coal Mines (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Reliance Tipple (approx. 5.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Rock Springs.
 
Downtown Rock Springs across from Railroad Park image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane Hall, July 6, 2013
3. Downtown Rock Springs across from Railroad Park
<i>The Arch, Rock Springs, Wyoming</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1930
4. The Arch, Rock Springs, Wyoming
Showing the Welcome Arch in its original location.
<i>The Arch, Rock Springs, Wyoming</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1945
5. The Arch, Rock Springs, Wyoming
Showing the Arch in the second location mentioned on the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 17, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 690 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 17, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   4, 5. submitted on October 20, 2015.

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