Hardluck Studios recently painted replacement signage for all 25 cabin plaques in Pioneer Park. The park is a favorite tourist destination that houses cabins from the Alaska gold rush era, 2 museums, and the riverboat Nenana. Signage for the cabins was originally produced 35 years ago, and has begun showing signs of wear. We proposed a new design to the Park Management for the plaques in fall of 2014. See photo to right for a preview of the new signage. Signs will be hung in time for the Park's opening in May, 2015.

Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 8:52 am, Sun Aug 3, 2014.

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Dubh, Bob, Susie & Maggie in the Sign Shop

Pioneer Park Cabin Plaques