Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Brigham City Arch
From "Arch Rivals by Bernard C. Winn:
"Before President Coolidge's signature had dried on the bill authorizing the construction of the Bear River Bird Refuge, businessman J.E. Ryan was campaigning to build a "welcome arch" over Brigham City's Main Street. The year was 1928. Backed by the Commercial Club and the Chamber of Commerce, donations for the "welcome arch" proclaiming the city as the gateway to the world's greatest bird sanctuary poured in. Although the original estimate of the cost of the arch was $1,500, that figure was raised on a weekly basis. An editorial in the local paper pointed out the escalating cost, but stated that "The electric sign must be built." Each week, the newspaper published a "Roll of Honor" and a running total of the amount collected. The list of donors included just about everyone in town plus a few traveling salesmen and some unsuspecting tourists.