Local residents and visitors in downtown Ardmore might have noticed A Street NE has been renamed Caddo Street and sports a new brown street sign. The curious want to know why and Julie Patterson, Ardmore Main Street Authority Executive Director, has the answer.
“I thought it would be neat to have the ‘Caddo’ Street back named as ‘Caddo’ because of the rich history of the street because East Main Street is growing and Caddo Street is growing,” she said.
Local history buffs say Caddo Street was the first street in Ardmore to actually be named and it carries a rich and colorful history. Patterson concurs.
“Caddo Street was named for the old wagon road from the 700 Ranch house north to Caddo Creek,” she said adding, “Having the historic name of the street is significant.”
And it’s Caddo Street’s historical significance that earns it a brown street sign instead of the green signs that mark most streets throughout the community. Patterson said throughout the nation brown street signs are used to identify areas of historic importance.
“They (brown street signs) are not true replicas of the original signs, it’s just the color that is significant,” Patterson said.
Caddo Street isn’t the only downtown street marked by the esteemed “brown” sign. Patterson said an effort began several years ago to mark the entire downtown historic area with the signs. That effort is near completion thanks to the City of Ardmore.
“I requested the signs from the City of Ardmore. Bruce Cypert, Technical Services, and Jessica Scott, Department Development Services, were instrumental in making it happen,” she said. “The signs define the ‘Historic District’ and we want to celebrate our rich history in Ardmore.”
The Caddo Street sign was installed Feb. 28 with Patterson, Millard Ingram, member of the AMSA Board, and City of Ardmore employees Jessica Scott and Becky Lynn marking the occasion.