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Iconic Memphis sign comes down

(WMC-TV) - The iconic neon Memphis signs disappeared from the top of the old Lone Star Facility earlier this month and now, demolition of the business itself is underway.

The silos and the sign were a few of the first things drivers saw as they came to Memphis from the west. Now, the removal of those silos is making way for progress.

The city does not plan to destroy the Memphis signs and they say they will find a creative use for them. But they had to come down because it is out with the old and in with the new.

"The concrete that you're standing on right now will be torn up. This will be a green space looking good for Bass Pro and for the entire city," said Myron Lowery, Memphis City Council.

The greenway project and public park are all part of an ongoing downtown transformation that revolves around the Bass Pro Shops project.

"Memphis is excited about this. The hotel industry is excited about it. The restaurants are excited. This is going to be a good time and this is really going to beautify this part of the city," said Doug Brown, Convention and Visitors Bureau.

City officials say the point is to capitalize on a unique distinguishing trait -- the Mighty Mississippi.

"Winston Churchill said, ‘Old Mississippi River just rolls along.' I always say, ‘She doesn't just roll along here, she rambles.' She's rambunctious. And everybody ought to be able to have an unimpeded view," said Memphis Mayor A C Wharton.

The city touts the fact that a minority contractor is in charge of this project and that local subcontractors are doing the work.

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