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Famed Pegasus Sign Makes a Return to Downton Dallas Skyline

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This view of Pegasus atop the Magnolia Building is in Dallas photographer Carolyn Brown's 2004 book "Dallas: Where Dreams Come True."(Credit: Carolyn Brown)

This view of Pegasus atop the Magnolia Building is in Dallas photographer Carolyn Brown’s 2004 book “Dallas: Where Dreams Come True.”(Credit: Carolyn Brown)

A famous neon sign in the shape of the winged horse Pegasus will soon be seen again in downtown Dallas. Supporters say the repaired famous skyline icon returns Friday for lighting atop the Magnolia Hotel.

The Dallas Morning News reports the sign has been various shades of on and off since its neon faded after January 1, 2000, celebrations. Workers from Denton-based Starlite sign shut Pegasus off completely on March 6 for repairs. Steve shepherd with the downtown residents council last week announced plans for the return of Pegasus.  The original sign placed atop the former magnolia oil building in 1939 was retired 60 years later.

The current version is a $600,000 replica created for the New Year’s celebration as 1999 turned into 2000.

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