Lone Star Concrete near Poplar Avenue & Front Street
? - 2012
may be an industrial site but dressed up with a Memphis neon sign with
a special logo of a guitar in the place of the letter "i" in Memphis,
Lone Star Concrete was a landmark which was among the noteable sights as
one approached the city from the west on Interstate 40. The addition of
the sign was a very effective mitigation of a less than appealing sight
on the front door of the city. In fact, for some, it may have become a
welcoming feature. The City of Memphis has paid $13.5-million for the
property and is in the process of demolishing the concrete plant. The area will become a
7-acre greenspace park. Demolition began September 20, 2012. The iconic
Memphis signs are being preserved by the city for a future use.
Lone Star Concrete will develop a new plant on President's Island as a replacement to the one at the city's front door.
Below is a photo taken September 25, 2012, showing demolition has begun at the old Lone Star facility.