POCATELLO — The Indian head sign atop Pocatello High School was lifted from its post, placed on the back of a truck and driven away Thursday. The historic sign is now in the hands of Blaze Sign Company, which will restore the neon sign to its former glory.
Local companies bid to work on the historic sign and Blaze Sign Company won the bid.
They carefully removed the sign Thursday morning using two trucks and two men.
According to school Principal Lisa Delonas, the company will refurbish the sign — paint and fix rust spots, build a cabinet around the sign and add neon lights so the sign can shine again.
The project is expected to be complete by mid-August and installed back on the school just in time for homecoming and the First Friday Art Walk on September 2. Delonas said they plan to invite the community to gather at PHS after the homecoming football game to celebrate the lighting of the sign.
The sign originally belonged to a Wasatch Oil gas station and is only one part of a two part sign. The other half belongs to a collector in Washington.
The school acquired the sign after the gas station went out of business and installed it at the school in 1951.
“It’s been lit on and off throughout the decades,” said Delonas. “The last time I can verify it being lit was 1989, so it’s been a long time since it had functioning neon in it.”
The project was a collaboration between PHS and the Relight the Night Committee, which is responsible for the restoration of the Greyhound Bus Station sign and the Chief Theater sign in old town Pocatello.
Through the partnership with Relight the Night, the school has received two grants totaling just under $4,000. However they are still seeking funds to complete the project and are selling raffle tickets to help raise the money.
The owner of the winning ticket will have the honor of flipping the switch to light the sign for the first time in almost 30 years. Tickets can be purchased at PHS or by calling 233-2056.