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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

102-0002 Bristol Sign

Bristol Sign
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VLR Listing Date 06/21/1988

NRHP Listing Date 09/08/1988

NPS property number 88001568

The most identifiable landmark of the twin cities of Bristol, Virginia and Bristol, Tennessee is the large electric slogan sign spanning the state line on State Street. Constructed of structural steel, the sign measures 60 x 35 feet and weighs two and one-half tons. It was donated in 1910 by Henry L. Dougherty, head of Dougherty and Company of New York, owner of Bristol’s eclectic company. It originally was placed atop the Virginia-Tennessee Hardware Co. building but was relocated to its present site in 1915. In 1921 the slogan was changed from “Push! . . . That’s Bristol” to “Bristol . . . A Good Place to Live.” The sign was restored in 1982 and remains a much-admired expression of civic pride for two cities with a special common history.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018