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Misspelled sign directs tourists to "Eisehower" birthplace


DENISON -- What's in a name? In this case, not the letter "N." Not that you'd notice, even if the misspelling was staring you in the face.

"I don't know if there's anything weird about it," Pottsboro resident Chris Carey said looking at the sign.

In fact, it wasn't until someone took a picture of the sign and tagged KTEN on Facebook that we noticed, even though we drive by it multiple times every day.

But take a closer look and the error becomes clear.

The sign on the US 75 exit ramp at Morton Street in Denison tells drivers to turn left to see the "Eisehower" birthplace.

"Oh," Carey said. "They're missing the 'n' in Eisenhower."

The sign was installed by TxDOT.

It appears to be an exception because the other TxDOT signs we found with the word "Eisenhower" on them had his name spelled correctly.

We showed a picture of the sign to Anna McKinney, president of the Denison Chamber of Commerce.

"This is one of those things, we go by it every day, we know what it's supposed to be and I guess we just didn't pick up on it. But we will get busy and get this corrected," McKinney said.

The Chamber is responsible for the brown-colored Eisenhower birthplace signs around Denison, not the green TxDOT signs.

However, McKinney says the Chamber works with TxDOT to help draw tourists to the place our nation's 34th president was born.

"Our job at the Chamber and with the Convention and Visitors Bureau is to promote the community and we certainly want Eisenhower's name spelled correctly because he is one of our heroes," McKinney said.

The manager at the state historical site for Eisenhower's birthplace couldn't talk to us on camera but said he wants the road sign replaced, too, and plans on contacting TxDOT.

The Chamber says it expects to have the sign temporarily taken down or replaced within the next week.

"We really appreciate the public bringing this to our attention," she said.

KTEN also contacted TxDOT but so far we have not heard back.

We will keep you posted on any changes.