The signs on U.S. 90 at the city line of the southwest Texas town of Hondo were long the subject of tourist photos until they were taken down in 2009 to accommodate a road-widening project. The signs are now back, once again declaring “This is God’s Country — Please Don’t Drive Through It Like Hell,” the AP reports.
City Manager Robert Herrera tells the San Antonio Express-News that the welcome signs reflect the values of “family, career and good living” shared by the community of almost 9,000 residents 40 miles west of San Antonio. Mayor Jim Danner says the signs are “really going to be beautiful” when the city gets the plants and flowers around it. “Before, it was just a wooden sign on a post buried in the ground.”