Got $10K? Two historic motel signs could be yours

Chief Motel sign
Chief Motel sign up for sale on South Nevada Avenue / Christina Dawidowicz -- FOX21 News

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — South Nevada Avenue will be getting a facelift over the next few years – with that comes demolition and two signs from the late 50s up for grabs.

“That part of town has been different things over time. And so, it’s now becoming something yet again and it’s just part of how communities grow and change. But the fact that the signs may be preserved is a great way to keep that part of our history,” said Matt Mayberry, director of the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.

Developers working to revitalize the area are selling the Chief Motel sign and the Stardust Lodge sign for $10,000.

“$10,000 is a lot of money to toss in the trash for one thing. And we’ve already gotten offers that are nearing the price we’re trying to get,” said Walt Harder, one of the developers working on revitalizing South Nevada.

Mayberry says signs help create and establish community identity.

“This 50s, 60s, 70s era that these signs come from, is from a time when Colorado Springs was growing dramatically, changing dramatically because of the rise in defense related industry here. And so, I think it really captures that period in our community’s history,” Mayberry said.

The money made from the signs will go back to the community.

“The higher purpose here is to try to meet a more urgent need, and that is to deal with the homeless problem that we have exasperated with our development there. The proceeds from the sale are all going to go to the Springs Rescue Mission,” Harder said.

There are a few offers on the table already.

>> Click here to view the listing on Craigslist.

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