Letters for Presidents Circle sign replaced

By Katie Valentine , Staff Writer

Brass letters stolen from the U in early August have finally been replaced.

Thursday, new letters were hung on the marquee wall on University Parkway and Presidents Circle. The brown-coated aluminum letters are replacing the letters stolen Aug. 6. The originals were a gift from the class of 1958 and a new plaque thanks the class for their gift.

When the letters were stolen, the sign that once again reads “University of Utah, Founded in 1850,” said “Ivy of Utah, ounded in 1850.”

All the remaining letters the thieves left behind had to be removed because the font of the old letters couldn’t be matched to any of the fonts now available. Customizing letters would’ve cost $11,000. Instead the U’s insurance covered the estimated $5,000 cost for new letters.

The U Police Department said it has no leads on who stole the original letters.

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Clayton Querry checks to see if the epoxy has dried for the newly installed letters. The new letters were installed Thursday afternoon by Allotech Sign Company.