From a small cottage in a forested region of Maine, to a big-box store in suburban Chicago, to the world-famous Big Bang theater in New York City, the signs of the American West have changed hands for generations.
The original signs were built in the 1870s, and even though they were built for the benefit of the public, they became increasingly recognizable over the years.
One sign, erected in the early 1900s, was so popular that it became a popular tourist attraction and became the centerpiece of the historic Woodstock music festival.
Since then, many of the original signs have been replaced with modernized versions.
Here, we take a look at some of the best examples, including the wooden signs of Texas and Arizona.1.
Texas Woodstock sign with a modern design.
(Courtesy of The Woodstock Foundation)This sign was erected in Woodstock, Texas, on April 2, 1913.
It was originally designed by Charles A. Woodruff, a sign painter who would go on to found the Texas Board of Trade.
The sign depicted a cowboy and his wife standing in front of a wooden cabin.
The wooden cabin was located on the banks of the Trinity River, and the sign included a statement, “A Texas cowboy sleeps in a cabin at Woodstock.
He lives on a piece of land near the Trinity.
He sleeps at night and is free to do as he likes.”
The sign became an instant success.
The Woodruff family sold more than 5,000 of the sign for a total of $2,500.
Today, the sign remains one of the most recognizable pieces of American history.2.
Arizona Woodstock signs.
(Wikipedia)This Woodstock-era sign was built in 1929 and featured a woman sitting in front on a bed.
This sign is now the home of the Arizona Museum of the Southwest.
It features the phrase “A Woodstock woman rests on her bed, a man in his bed, and children playing in the yard.”
The sign was installed in the 1930s and was used until 1994.
The museum is still located in Tucson, Arizona.3.
Tennessee Woodstock Sign.
(Flickr: london-gothic)This is a great example of a wood sign that has been used for years.
It is a small wooden sign that is used to display a map of Tennessee.
In the early 1920s, the Woodruffs were looking for a location for their new movie theater, and they decided to buy a sign that would show the location of the theater.
They made a deal with the local lumber yard owner, and after the deal was made, they paid him $1,000 for a sign.
After the signing was finished, the owner told his wife, “You’re going to be the next mayor.”
The wife agreed and the couple started to move to Tennessee to be with their new family.4.
Utah Woodstock Signs.
(Wikimedia Commons)In the early 1980s, a friend and I were visiting Salt Lake City, Utah, and decided to see some of Utah’s original wood sign sites.
We were surprised to see that there were so many of these signs in Utah.
In addition to the wood signs, there were also wooden billboards and signs that were hung on trees, in front and on the side of buildings.
We thought it would be a fun project to have a photo-op and show the signs to the public.
After about two months of trying to get people to take a photo of our signs, I was able to get enough of the community to take one.
We started taking more photos and eventually people would stop and take a picture.
We did the same thing in Utah for the first time in 2007, and we found that people loved taking a photo and sharing it with the world.5.
New Mexico Woodstock Wood Signs.(Wikimedia commons)The New Mexico Signing Society was founded in 1890 to promote the building of signs in New Mexico.
In 1892, President William H. Bryan established the sign and lumber business of the city of Albuquerque, which would eventually become the sign industry.
The signs were first hung on wood poles in front yards.
Later, the wood poles were replaced with signs that read “New Mexico State Parks” or “New Mexican State Historic Sites.”
In 1919, the New Mexico State Legislature passed a bill allowing signs to be displayed on public buildings.
In 1926, the state was the first to require that all public buildings be equipped with signs.
After that, signs were installed on the sides of buildings, in the center of a public park, on public highways, in parking lots, and at parks.6.
Colorado Woodstock wood signs.(Wikipedia)Wood signs have become more common in the U.S. in recent years, with the Colorado Department of Transportation using them to help get people off the road.
The most famous wood sign was the Colorado State Capitol, where the sign is located