The weather-beaten historic marker that once stood in Fountain Square has been given a much-needed facelift.
After being removed in May by the Johnson City Public Works Department for restoration, the once faded marker has been given a fresh coat of paint and sits at a new location at the corner of Tipton and Buffalo streets in Tipton Park.
“It’s a tremendous facelift and refurbishing of what was a pretty degraded sign. The city went to the efforts of having it really well-done,” Washington County Economic Development Council project manager Dan Reese said.
Once the marker was refurbished, the Tipton family asked the city to place the sign at Tipton Street, rather than being placed back in Fountain Square.
The corner of Tipton Street is the marker’s third location since it was originally installed at the Science Hill High School campus in 1969. It stood at the school for 40 years until the Johnson City Development Authority requested the marker be moved downtown.
The marker’s restoration was needed in order to match the newly installed Lady of the Fountain in downtown Johnson City, according to Reese.
While it no longer stands near the Lady of the Fountain, the marker looks new and passers-by will no longer have to strain their eyes to read about the city’s history.
“It’s appropriate that it is downtown, because it’s had a long travel. Keeping it downtown was very important, relating it to Tipton Street and the Tipton family was very important and making it something that we could all be proud of was one of the goals of the project,” Reese said.