Iconic 'God's Country' signs back up in Hondo
Signs off Highway 90 taken down in 2009
HONDO, Texas - Hondo's famous welcome signs that read 'This is God's country. Please don't drive through it like hell' are standing proud once again.
When a state construction project to widen U.S. 90 started in 2009, the signs were in the way and were taken down.
"They were missed and a lot of our citizens would ask when they're coming back," said Robert Herrera, Hondo's city manager.
But now they're back and better than ever. A donation from the local gardening club will fix up the land around the signs too, adding an additional $25,000 worth of landscaping to Highway 90.
The signs aren't the only new thing out there. A monument to the citizens of Hondo is set to finish up in the coming months.
That's good news to construction weary residents. Overall, the U.S. 90 project cost about $100,000.
"Hopefully it'll bring a lot of tourism into the city. People will stop and take pictures and do some shopping locally, said a Hondo resident.
And when the tourists come, they'll see brand new signs and locals thrilled they're back.
"I think people are happy to have them back, especially the old timers like me. I remember the original sign when it didn't say please," said a long-time Hondo resident.
They've been around since the 1930's and the town plans to keep them around for a long time to come.
An official re-dedication ceremony for both the signs and the monument is scheduled for May.
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