Arch Ribbon Cutting Kicked Off Downtown Clean-up

Jody Love and Rachel Carpenter, Health Bourbon County Action Team (facing camera) helped with cutting the ribbon for the new arch.

The ribbon cutting for the new  Welcome to Fort Scott downtown arch kicked off the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Clean-up project on April 22 at 3 p.m.

From left are Brad Matkin with grandson, Jody Love, Rachel Carpenter and Lindsay Madison. In the background is the new mural going up on East Wall in back of the Ellis Foundation building. The mural was a part of the Downtown Clean-up.

The new arch is near the Fort Scott Area Chamber of Commerce office at 231 E Wall.

Citizens gather for the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new welcome arch in downtown Fort Scott.

The welcome arch was grant-funded, with a total cost of $150,000, Rachel Carpenter said in an interview.

Citizens line up for a group photo of the ribbon cutting in the middle of Wall Street beneath the new arch. Hwy.54 traffic (Wall Street) was diverted briefly for the event.

Grants were provided by the Patterson Family Foundation and a  #BCBSKSPathways and was a  #placemaking project, through the Healthy Bourbon County Action Team.

The project began in October 2021.

“The Chamber envisioned a downtown welcome sign,” she said. The HBCAT “Involved citizens throughout the process, with public forums, a survey, and was guided by a steering committee.”

Local tradesmen were used for the project when possible, “except for the steel component which was TL Steele of Burrton, KS,” Carpenter said.

The Patterson family and Pathways ended their grant period to the HBCAT with the finalization of this welcome arch project, Carpenter said.

The final stage of the arch project is side-column lighting and lighting of the sign letters, which  HBCAT is seeking another grant to finish.

Virginia Barnes, director of Blue Health Initiative, Topeka, speaks to the group..

During the public ribbon cutting, there were several speakers: Chamber CEO Lindsay Madison, Fort Scott City Manager Brad Matkin, Jody Love and Rachel Carpenter with HBCAT and Blue Cross Blue Shield Pathways Director of the Blue Health Initiative, Virginia Barnes of Topeka.

2 thoughts on “Arch Ribbon Cutting Kicked Off Downtown Clean-up”

  1. I was in Fgt. Scott two weeks ago. came in from the East on Wall Street. I was surprised and amazed at the new Arch, it looks very good. Made me proud to be from Ft. Scott.

  2. The Welcome Arch looks fantastic. Back in the 1970s there was conversation about having something like this for Fort Scott. It’s great to see it implemented. Thank you to everyone involved.

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