Will Cottage View Drive-In's sign find a home?

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 14, 2013 - 9:14 PM

The Cottage View Drive-In sign has been part of Cottage Grove's landscape for nearly 50 years, and some want to see it preserved.

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dtmonkeyboyJan. 14, 13 8:26 PM

If this were in Minneapolis there would already be 10 comments about how government over reaches, spends too much and that government has no business buying a sign.

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thecynic5712Jan. 14, 13 8:28 PM

Ah yes, trading in the drive-in movie theatre for a Walmart superstore. Progress, but at what price?

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recapturistJan. 14, 1310:06 PM

The silver lining here is that there are locals willing to do something about it. I've seen too many of these mid-century neon signs lost forever because, ultimately, nobody cares enough to salvage them. As “progress” continues to win the war against preservation, the substantial cultural and historical gap between the golden age of design and the present day continues to widen. This is exactly why I am so passionate about photographing vintage signs... they could very realistically disappear without a trace the next day.

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suzukisvJan. 14, 1310:47 PM

We have been going to the Cottage View for at 20+ years and that sign is a great example of "googie" architectural style and I sure hope someone saves it. It would be very hard to identify anything else in Cottage Grove that is this recognizable. The Cottage View will be sorely missed and even though the tax and sale money etc.... corrupted all of the players involved, I really think C.G. will eventually realize that they lost a real part of their soul. It was the only thing that made C.G unique and now they've traded that in for the blandest symbol of conformity; a Walmart.

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odinmanJan. 15, 13 6:32 AM

Although I hail from the southern suburbs, I have very fond childhood memories of going to the Flying Cloud and Lucky Twin drive-ins with family and friends. I wonder if today's Cottage Grove youth will say the same thing about that Wal-Mart.

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DLBabatzJan. 15, 13 6:39 AM

I find inclusion of the last sentence funny. "A lot of these suburbs have more history than just booming in the post World War II era." But the whole story is about an icon that symbolized how the suburb boomed during the post World War II era. Not saying that the quote isn't true. It is just erroneous to the story.

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holmescity49Jan. 15, 13 8:32 AM

I'll take the sign if any of the others fail to follow through. Memorabilia collecting began as a hobby to preserve, now it is more like a passion. Items that future generations need to see so they can better understand the past and the nature of its people.

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misterwittJan. 15, 13 9:32 AM

"Planning maps show the sign is earmarked for demolition as part of the site's transformation into a retail development called the Shoppes at Cottage View anchored by a 180,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Supercenter".....sounds classy

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puckluck77Jan. 15, 13 9:33 AM

It would be a great sign for a drive in restaurant.. you pull in with your convertable or hotrod, hearing walk dont run over the loudspeakers, and order a mug of rootbeer and some onion rings, or a hamburger basket. Now thats livin!

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bblheadJan. 15, 1310:36 AM

Perhaps I was born too late, but I love this kind of Americana. There is a local historical society and perhaps, they might be able to do some fund raising and finagling to preserve this sign as happened with the old Porkys sign. It will be all too soon that we lose our past and what makes this country unique.

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