A Sign of the Times: Iconic Buffalo Point Sign to be Replaced
In the past 40 years
, countless numbers of visitors have stood to have their photo taken in front of the carved wooden sign at the Ranger Station at Buffalo Point in the lower district of the Buffalo National River
. Made of western red cedar, the sign was originally placed in April 1973 by the National Park Service, the newly appointed stewards of this grand land. But time and weather have taken their toll on this park symbol.
In March of this year, the sign was taken down to repair the deteriorated support beam. Apparently, according to the parks service, the absence of the sign quickly raised a good deal of concern and speculation. People wondered if it had been stolen, hit by a car, vandalized or struck by lightning. But the sign was merely overdue for a facelift. Unfortunately, its condition was worse than expected and the park service decided it could not re-hang the sign. But, due to public support for this beloved sign, an exact replica in the same western red cedar has been ordered.
While we wait for the new sign to take its post, the park service is encouraging folks with photographs of the old Buffalo Point sign to share them, along with their memories of visiting the park, on their Buffalo River Facebook page. So dig out those photos and let’s see and hear about some good times on our beautiful Buffalo National River.