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Crick Camera Shop co-owner Dana Crick watched on Tuesday as the original 1946 neon sign above the now-closed store at 77th & State Line was taken down.The sign will be saved for a proposed future inclusion in a collection of vintage neon from around the metro area.

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His plans are in the very early stages, but he says he is canvassing for a permanent, more public and more prominent home for what could become Kansas City’s own neon boneyard. So far he has two: the Crick and an old Thriftway grocery store sign. It’ll take money to haul in the signs and have them hung — the Crick sign is nearly 10 feet long and weighs almost 200 pounds, and the Thriftway sign is even bigger.Owners Dana Crick and her brother-in-law Bill Thomas began to gut the store and strip the lettering from the windows.As the final, most notable act of cessation, the iconic neon Crick Camera Shop sign was brought down, with plans to discard it.When local photographer and longtime Crick customer Nick Vedros heard about the sign’s fate, he wanted to do something to save it.“I bought some of my earliest cameras at Crick as a teenager back in the ’60s,” says Vedros, 63.“I opened up a dialogue with Dana Crick, though I had never met her.I told her how much Crick meant to me over the years and how I wanted to find somewhere where the sign wouldn’t be destroyed.” Then Vedros took things a step further.Outside 7715 State Line Road, workers take down the Crick Camera Shop neon sign as the final act of the longtime store’s closing.

Local photographer Nick Vedros wants to memorialize the sign and others like it with a neon museum: “I think the community would be interested in preserving that history of Kansas City before it’s too late,” Vedros says.

Dana Crick, one of the co-owners of Crick Camera Shop, was on hand to watch the removal of the store’s neon sign at 7715 State Line Road.

Local photographer Nick Vedros wants to take the Crick sign and others like it and create a neon museum.

Instead of just salvaging the Crick sign by storing it away, why not celebrate the sign and others like it?

Thus became Vedros’ new endeavor: to amass as many local neon signs as possible and find a home where they can all be displayed as a shining ode to Kansas City history. One of the major attractions in Las Vegas is the Neon Museum and its outdoor Neon Boneyard, displaying more than 200 of Las Vegas’ most famous old neon signs — Caesars Palace, the Stardust, the Golden Nugget. The lobby of the Chicago History Museum is festooned with neon signs of the city’s past.

Depending on their various states, it will cost more to have the signs refurbished.