Celebrate the Restoration of Naturita's Uranium Drive-In Sign This Weekend
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RESURRECTED – Thanks to over 100 contributors nationwide, the historic Uranium Drive-In sign in Naturita has been fully restored and resurrected in its new location. There will be a barbecue this weekend to celebrate the restoration. (Courtesy photo)
RESURRECTED – Thanks to over 100 contributors nationwide, the historic Uranium Drive-In sign in Naturita has been fully restored and resurrected in its new location. There will be a barbecue this weekend to celebrate the restoration. (Courtesy photo)
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Barbecue Planned for Sunday, Oct. 14



NATURITA – Six months ago, the Town of Naturita is spearheaded a plan to refurbish and resurrect its historic Uranium Drive-in movie theater sign. Owned by the town, the sign had been exposed to the elements, face down in a field, for more than three decades.  

The Uranium Drive-In opened in Naturita in 1950; by 1970, more than a thousand people lived in the thriving uranium-mining community; its drive-in movie theater was a community treasure, but it closed in the mid-80s, when the uranium boom ended.

Now the sign is back, thanks to an online fundraising campaign that raised the necessary $10,000 for survey and restoration work. Over 100 contributors nationwide donated sums ranging from $5 to $1,000; local businesses pitched in as well, with everything from time and materials to help with moving the sign. The restoration committee for the historic Uranium Drive-in Sign, led by Naturita Mayor Tami Lowrance, invites the community to celebrate the sign’s restoration and installation in its new home. The sign will now sit near Blondie’s Drive-In & Cafe, in downtown Naturita, off Colorado State Highway 141.

Its installation will be celebrated Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m., in the lot next to Blondie’s, with a  short ceremony, town photo and chili dog BBQ lunch.

“Whether you came to the drive-in with your families, on a date, in the trunk of a car or by bicycle,come join us and reminisce about this historic sign and celebrate Naturita’s past, present and future,” says Lowrance. For more information, email  twnclrknaturita@aol.com.

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