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Bright Neon Lights

Return of classic Blue Garden sign highly anticipated

A crowd gathered in downtown to see  the relighting of the Blue Garden sign for the first time in decades in February. The project took a break later in the year, but still in the works for owner Bob Collins.

A crowd gathered in downtown to see the relighting of the Blue Garden sign for the first time in decades in February. The project took a break later in the year, but still in the works for owner Bob Collins. Photo by Jolene Guzman.

DALLAS — It was a moment 30 years in the making.

Just after 5:30 Thursday evening, the crowd of about 50 people began the count down: “Ten, 9, 8, 7 ...” At “one” the bright neon lights of the restored Blue Garden sign flickered on.

The crowd cheered and took photos of the glowing centerpiece of the refreshed facade on the downtown Dallas building.

Owner Bob Collins has months of work to do inside the building before he can open part of what will be a restaurant and lounge this spring.

But Thursday, the bright blue lights received a warm welcome on Main Street.

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People gathered at the Polk County Courthouse lawn Thursday to see the sign light up.

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Workers carefully place the restored Blue Garden sign on the building on Thursday morning. That night it was flipped on for the first time in three decades.

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