Visitors and residents alike are welcomed into
the city of Linton by signs whose origin can be traced to the outcome of a
slogan contest. This contest took place prior to 1930. The winning slogan
“You’ll Like Linton” was submitted by Otto Harding and Lenora Strietelmeir,
co-winners of the slogan contest.
Being inspired by the slogan, Nellie May Hamilton, founder and director of
the Triad Music Association, wrote the song “You’ll Like Linton.”
Hamilton and her husband were responsible for having two signs designed and
constructed sometime around the mid-1930s. The purpose of the signs
was to demonstrate civic pride by promoting community spirit and goodwill.
During this time Linton was known for the loyalty its citizens had for their
The frame structures
for the original signs are 20 feet high and 24 feet wide. The actual
signs are approximately 26 feet wide and 2 feet high; they hang from the
tops of the frame structures. One sign was placed at the west edge of
the city near what is now the Linton Transmission Clinic on State Road 54.
The other sign was located on the east edge of Linton at the entrance to the
city park. Originally the park road ran underneath the sign but was
later closed as it became a traffic hazard. The words "You'll Like
Linton" that appeared on the original signs were illuminated with red neon
lights; the arched metal was painted black.
With the passage of
time the signs have not changed much. The signs standing today are
still the original signs that were built over sixty years ago. Due to
the expense of the neon lights, the letters were painted white and the metal
arches were painted green around the late 1960s. Spotlights are now
used to illuminate the signs.
These signs are a
legacy left to the city by prominent citizens of yesteryear. Keeping
with the tradition of Linton being a place where people are welcomed, in
September 1996 a new sign was built and placed at the south end of town.
This new sign is located south of Lamar Imaging on the south side of the
railroad tracks on State Road 59 South. In the near future there will
be a fourth sign, which will be placed at the north end of town.