Endangered: Wrecks, Inc., sign

The central Indiana town of Whitestown calls itself the fastest-growing town in the state. As it continues to expand, it wants to build a sprawling community campus on an unused 170-acre plot that was once the Wrecks, Inc., automobile junkyard. That wrecking yard’s unusual and humorous neon sign remains.


The Wrecks, Inc., property is in Boone County, on Indianapolis Road west and then south of the I-65 Whitestown/Zionsville exit. This road is the historic Lafayette Road, which was built in the 1830s to connect Indianapolis to Lafayette. It carried US 52 for much of the 20th century.

Plans for the community campus show grass and shrubbery where this sign currently stands, making it appear that the sign will not survive the construction.


Plans are preliminary. It’s not clear whether contaminated ground water found on this site has been cleaned up sufficiently to allow construction. That contamination scuttled plans for a housing subdivision to be built here in 2007.

This sign is visible from nearby I-65, and was quite a sight when the junkyard was still in operation and the sign lit up at night. Today, many surely consider the sign to be an eyesore and will not be sorry to see it go. Here’s hoping that if it is not retained, a collector or sign museum will be allowed to dismantle and preserve it.

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4 responses to “Endangered: Wrecks, Inc., sign”

  1. Nancy Stewart Avatar
    Nancy Stewart

    I guess not everyone shares our feelings for history. I’m sure it won’t remain in its original place, but I hope it won’t be just destroyed.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Perhaps the American Sign Museum can take it! Here’s hoping.

  2. analogphotobug Avatar

    We have a mixed use housing development north of town that used to be a Drive-in Theater. They preserved the drive-in sign and I think it is a nice touch. Maybe something can still be done.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Oh that’s cool. I wonder if the same will be possible here. This sign is enormous.

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