Well-known Caryville Christmas Inn sign to be taken down

Well-known Caryville Christmas Inn sign to be taken down

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The sign is a familiar site along I-75 in Caryville. The sign is a familiar site along I-75 in Caryville.
"People in this area travel a lot for work and a lot of other reasons, but us guys that work and work out of town, when you got back home, when you saw that Christmas tree inn sign, you were back home," said Barry Ray. "People in this area travel a lot for work and a lot of other reasons, but us guys that work and work out of town, when you got back home, when you saw that Christmas tree inn sign, you were back home," said Barry Ray.
Hack Ayers would also like to see the sign saved. He knew the man who built the original hotel. Hack Ayers would also like to see the sign saved. He knew the man who built the original hotel.

By JESSA LEWIS
6 News Reporter

CARYVILLE (WATE) - A highway landmark seen for decades is about to come down in Campbell County.

The Christmas Inn sign just off I-75 in Caryville will be taken down in just a week and a half to make way for the sign for the newly-remodeled hotel.

If you've driven on I-75 through Campbell County in the past 40 years, you've likely seen the sign for Thacker's Christmas Inn.

Shaped like a Christmas tree, it has become a landmark both for travelers and people living in Campbell County, even though the hotel has been closed for years.

"People in this area travel a lot for work and a lot of other reasons, but us guys that work and work out of town, when you got back home, when you saw that Christmas tree inn sign, you were back home," said Barry Ray.

The sign is coming down to make room for the new Holiday Inn sign.

"I hope they maybe move it to a new location, keep it around in the Caryville area," said local Michael Rutherford.

Hack Ayers would also like to see the sign saved. He knew the man who built the original hotel.

"When he first opened up, he has Christmas trees all over the hotel, all year round, he would have Christmas in July," Ayres said.

Ayers told us he wanted the sign, but discovered it would cost $3,800 just to have it taken down.

"It's going to take two cranes, two big cranes to handle it both ways, and then you're going to have to redo the sign when it comes down. And then you've got to build a base, tremendous, to put that thing back up on," he said.

People 6 News spoke with said they would like to see someone save it.

"I guess everything lives it's life, but yeah, I'm kind of disappointed it's not going to be there," Ray said.

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