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Wind destroys iconic Grandfather Mountain sign

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Iconic Grandfather Mountain sign destroyed by high winds (PHOTO COURTESY: John Page V) Iconic Grandfather Mountain sign destroyed by high winds (PHOTO COURTESY: John Page V)
Charles Hartman, the architect who designed the Mile High Swinging Bridge also designed this sign for Grandfather Mountain (PHOTO SOURCE: Hugh Morton) Charles Hartman, the architect who designed the Mile High Swinging Bridge also designed this sign for Grandfather Mountain (PHOTO SOURCE: Hugh Morton)
GRANDFATHER MOUNTAIN, NC (WBTV) -

Heavy winds over the weekend have knocked over an iconic sign in the North Carolina mountains.

Officials with Grandfather Mountain say weather equipment atop the Mile High Swinging Bridge recorded strong winds Saturday night into Sunday morning with the highest gust at 92.5 mph.

"Unfortunately our historic entrance sign in Linville didn't make it through the storm," they wrote on Facebook.

The wind gusts knocked down a huge wooden and brick sign for Grandfather Mountain. It stood on the corner of Hwy 105 and Hwy 221 in Linville.

The sign has been in the area for 61 years, since it was built in 1953. It was designed by architect Charles Hartman, the same man who designed the Mile High Swinging Bridge.

The sign received a painted makeover in 2006.

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