Residents Angry Over Late-Night Construction of Sign Near Round Barn

Thursday, October 21st 2010, 3:48 pm
By: News 9

Gan Matthews, News 9

ARCADIA, Oklahoma -- Members of the Arcadia Historical Society said they were shocked to learn a sign was erected Wednesday night next to the famed Round Barn. They said they thought they had reached an understanding with the sign's owner, Zoom Media, to stop work on the billboard for the next month.

Many Arcadia residents said the sign on Route 66 blocks the view of the Round Barn for west-bound drivers.

The Arcadia City Council announced Tuesday night work on the sign would stop for 30 days while the city, historical society members and the billboard's owner decided on a permanent solution. Nevertheless, the almost 40-foot "Welcome to Arcadia" sign was put in place sometime Wednesday night.

"We feel like they should have at least came and talked to us before they stuck up something this huge and monstrous," said Arcadia Historical Society member Karlena Risenhoover.

"I said, well, the guy that put it in, he lied," said Round Barn employee Butch Breger. "He said it would be so many days before they do anything."

Zoom Media released a statement through its attorney, saying the company never agreed to stop work on the sign.  However, it still planned to consider options discussed during Tuesday night's city council meeting.

The century-old barn attracted 10,000 visitors each year.