KAP Signs of Dayton installed Key-Ads' new "Oregon" electric billboard near the intersection of Fifth St. and Patterson Blvd.
Photo: Amelia Robinson
Photo: Amelia Robinson

New towering ‘Oregon’ sign added to entertainment district  

The Oregon District has a new sign — a really big one — and it is hard for AJ Bauer to keep his eyes off it.

“I love it,” Bauer said. “It looks great.” 

KAP Signs of Dayton installed Key-Ads' new "Oregon" electric billboard near the intersection of Fifth St. and Patterson Blvd. AJ Bauer, the owner of  Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, stands under the sign.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

The blue and black Key-Ads electronic billboard displaying the word “Oregon” sits on city controlled property behind Bauer’s business, Smokin’ Bar-B-Que, located at 200 E. Fifth St. 

“It is pretty flashy,” Bauer said. “They are trying to introduce it as the entrance to the Oregon District and downtown.” 

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The billboard’s colors coordinate with the mural Tiffany Clark, founder of the Mural Machine, created a few months ago along the railroad bridge spanning Fifth Street behind Bauer’s restaurant, he said. 

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KAP Signs put the final touches on the 18-foot-by-40-foot sign Monday, Jan. 27, after six days of work, said Rick Massie, a foreman with the Dayton-based company formed 45 years ago.

KAP Signs of Dayton installed Key-Ads' new "Oregon" electric billboard near the intersection of Fifth St. and Patterson Blvd.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

That work included the lettering, decorations and lights that will illuminate  the letters spelling “Oregon” once electricity is installed, Massie said. 

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“They just have to hook it up,” he said of the electricity. 

KAP signs has done other sign work for Key-Ads, including the company’s billboard at Third and Jefferson streets and its welcome to Beavercreek and welcome to Miami Twp signs. 

KAP Signs of Dayton installed Key-Ads' new "Oregon" electric billboard near the intersection of Fifth St. and Patterson Blvd.
Photo: Amelia Robinson

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