Golden history in Muncie

MUNCIE, Ind.(NewsLink) -- A piece of Muncie history has gained attention on social media.

The antique McDonald’s sign is one of only three sign designs left in the United States. Mayor of Muncie, Dan Ridenour, said that few changes have been made to the original piece of architecture.

“That sign was originally put up in 1958. It was restored in 2006, and then again in 2013,” Ridenour said.

According to Roadside Architecture, the 2006 renovation included “fully-functioning, animated neon.” A full restoration was completed in 2013.

The sign has recently gained attention because of a Twitter post made by the city of Muncie, featuring two photos of the sign.

“My communications person went ahead and did a post on it, and what we discovered is that it’s one of the most highly-shared posts that the city has ever [made]. So, clearly it has had an impact,” Ridenour said.

With over 100 retweets and 600 likes, the tweet has stressed the importance of history in Muncie, something Ridenour wants to keep in the city as long as possible.

“I will do everything in my power to encourage the ownership of the McDonald’s franchises here locally to continue with that sign. We think it’s a great feature for the city of Muncie,” Ridenour said.

Ridenour said the McDonald’s sign means more to the city than just an advertisement for the fast-food restaurant.

“Those of us who are a little bit more advanced in age can remember those golden arches everywhere that we would go. It [also] brings back very positive memories for me,” Ridenour said.

For comments or questions regarding the article, contact the author at gmbentkowski@bsu.edu.

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