YUKON, Okla.– After months of fundraisers and hard-fought battles, a local group will celebrate a staple of the Yukon community with a re-lighting ceremony.
The old Yukon flour mill has greeted drivers along Route 66 for years but recently, the lights went out of the old sign.
The original sign was built in the 1900’s, weighing 13,400 pounds and standing 55 feet tall.
Now, a local sign shop is restoring the ancient beacon to its former glory.
Grayson Bottom, Yukon City Manager, said, “It is exciting to see the sign restored. It is a reminder of our local history and the vibrant community we have become.”
A group called Friends of Yukon’s Best, Inc. has been raising funds and bringing attention to the old sign through bake sales, concerts and other community events.
Pam Shelton, chairman of Friends of Yukon’s Best, Inc., said, “The success of Relight the Mill has been attained because the people of Yukon have given of their time, their energy, and their money to make this plan come to fruition. I would like to thank everyone who has stepped up to the challenge and helped us Relight the Mill. It’s amazing to have accomplished this so quickly.”
The group is hosting the “Milling Around Celebration” on Friday, June 28.
Guests will enjoy live music, a silent auction, a live auction and the re-lighting of the old sign at 9:30 p.m.
Activities will take place at 10 W. Main St. in Yukon.
Everyone is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs to enjoy the celebration.