Deadline looms for Safari Club sign auction
Antique collectors will soon have the opportunity to own a unique piece of Estacada's history.
City leaders are auctioning off the tiger and letters from the Safari Club sign. The highest bidders will be announced during the city's annual Christmas tree lighting event at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7.
"We're aware of many residents that have an affinity and good memories at the Safari Club," said Estacada Economic Development Manager Matt Lorenzen. "We want to keep a piece of the Safari Club in the community."
For many years, the Safari Club sat at Fourth Avenue and Broadway Street. It was demolished in 2017 and the site is now home to Dollar General.
In the 1970s, the Safari Club was founded by Glen Park. The club showcased animals from around the world the Park hunted and then taxidermied. At the height of its popularity, it was open 24 hours a day and offered patrons drinks, live music, a restaurant and coffee bar.
Legend has it, even Elvis Presley visited at one point.
The establishment changed ownership several times and was also known as Jen Jen Safari Club, Hong's Restaurant and the Legendary Safari Club. The doors closed for good in 2013.
Though the Safari Club no longer stands at its former location, those who wish to own the letters and tiger from the sign that once stood above downtown Estacada can acquire a bid form at cityofestacada.org or at City Hall, 475 S.E. Main St.
There are two sets of letters and tigers — one from each side of the sign. During the Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the top two bidders will be chosen. The highest bidder will have first pick. Bidders should note that the sign that was south-facing is significantly more faded that the north-facing sign.
Bids are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5. For more information, visit cityofestacada.org.
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