Minden woman wins welcome sign
Minden resident Anna Thomas is the proud owner of an antique, courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.
Thomas and three other Nevada women were randomly selected to receive a “Welcome to Nevada” sign as the old, obsolete highway signs are redesigned and replaced.
Reno resident Jennifer Bills, Spring Creek resident Kaitlyn Tueller and Las Vegas resident Breanna Kirkham also won signs in the drawing.
The welcome signs, including iconic signs depicting a lone prospector, have stood at many interstate and freeway entrances into Nevada for approximately 25 years. The signs are being replaced by new welcome signs designed by Nevada high school graphic artists through a contest organized by the Nevada Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs in partnership with the Nevada Department of Education and NDOT.
“The existing signs are a source of state pride and identity for many Nevadans,” NDOT Communications Director Sean Sever explained. “We thought there was no better holiday than just before the Nevada Day holiday to announce our sign winners and share the signs with fellow Nevadans.”
Nearly 14,500 Nevada residents entered the free raffle via phone, web site and social media, with winners selected randomly. Winners must present valid ID when picking up the signs and be willing to sign a waiver regarding lawful usage of the signage. The existing signs will be given to winners and replaced with new signs in the coming months.