Wednesday, November 4, 2009
One of the topics presented to the Wildlife Department at the Blue River Fly Fishers get-together this past weekend was the condition of the sign at highway 377.
As can be seen the sign has fallen into a state of disaray and is in much needed attention or repair.
Area Manager Matt Gamble explained the process the department would have to go through in getting the sign repaired and went as far to say that it might end up being a replacement project instead of a repair project.
Several involved in this discussion thought the sign had significant sentiment and historical value since it has been in place so long and designed after signs of the early National Park System.
When the fly-fishers made an offer to help with the cost of such a restoration project the Wildlife Department said first they would have to inspect the sign to see exactly what the extent of damage is. And, that certainly makes sense. It could very well end up being a case of extreme decay and damage by insects such as termites.
However, if there is anyway of saving and restoring this sign, I for one think that course should be pursued. The sign somehow simply speaks "the great outdoors" and since the Blue River Public Fishing and Hunting Area has a history of it's own...I figure this particular sign does also.