FALLS CITY — People driving into Falls City will be greeted with a new “welcome” sign.
It’s replica of the old uniquely Falls City design — two axes crossed in the center with the city’s date of incorporation, 1891 — carved into a log.
Those who took a close look at the old sign knew a replacement has been necessary for quite some time, as the old log was rapidly falling apart.
Falls City Mayor Terry Ungricht said according to his research, the old sign was installed at some point in the 1970s.
He said the city’s parks committee had a discussion about the past-its-prime sign recently and that set in motion a volunteer-led effort to give the city’s welcome an improved look.
Only work required by the city was installation, which the public works department did on April 22. Ungricht said Weyerhaeuser donated a log and Dallas Sign donated a template copying the old sign.
Falls City residents Warren Gookin and Cliff Lauder provided the finishing touches. Gookin removed the bark and carved the sign, and Lauder volunteered to build a mechanism to secure it in place.
“It was truly a volunteer inspired and completed project and will be seen for many years or decades to come,” Ungricht said.