Editorial: Saving a landmark — Iconic Anniston neon sign may again light up Quintard Avenue
by The Anniston Star Editorial Board
Jan 15, 2014 | 2055 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Workers take down the old Goal Post Bar-B-Q on Quintard Avenue in Anniston. Photo by Stephen Gross.
Workers take down the old Goal Post Bar-B-Q on Quintard Avenue in Anniston. Photo by Stephen Gross.
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The Goal Post Bar-B-Q sign has been saved. Sentimentalists can cheer. Instead of going to the scrap heap, the iconic piece of Anniston Americana will sit in storage until the owner of Betty’s Bar-B-Q can have it restored and installed at her Quintard Avenue restaurant.

Big deal? Well, not in the grand scheme of Anniston’s future. We’re not talking about education or public safety improvements. The Goal Post sign and its cousin, The World’s Largest Office Chair on Noble Street, are quirky Anniston landmarks, popular with tourists who enjoy roadside oddities, nothing more.

Cawker City, a little hole in the wall in Kansas, has The World’s Largest Ball of Twine.

Amarillo, Texas, has a Cadillac ranch.

San Francisco has The World’s Crookedest Street.

Oxford had a large Native American stone monument, but it tore it down.

And Anniston has its neon football sign and big chair.

Before Betty’s owner Cathy Pruett Cofield stepped up this week to keep the sign in her family (her father opened the Goal Post in the 1960s), we couldn’t help but ponder the sign’s future: If you could afford to buy it — and wanted it, for that matter — what would you do with it? Given its size and the repairs it needs, it’s not the sort of thing you’d stick in your man cave and show off to buddies huddled around your beer fridge. Stick it in your back yard? Nah.

It’s total whimsy, if not uber-quirky, but here is what we would have suggested from our wish list: Arrange for the sign to be restored and installed at Anniston High School’s football stadium next door to Stringfellow Memorial Hospital. When the Bulldogs scored, the neon kicker wearing red pants and a red helmet would boot his football across the wire and through the goal posts.

Field goal, Bulldogs!

Touchdown, Bulldogs!

Perhaps another day. We’re nonetheless glad that the Goal Post sign, if it can be restored, will live on in Anniston, as it should.
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