In the aftermath of the March 21 Twain Harte downdraft (or as it has come to be known colloquially, the Twain Harte gustnado), multiple homes, county roads and the town’s iconic welcome sign all bore the scars of the destructive thunderstorm.
The Welcome to Twain Harte sign on the west entrance to town was “obliterated,” said Twain Harte Homeowners President John Kinsfather, reduced to nothing but “bits and pieces.”
In the months that followed, the ridgeline along Twain Harte Drive was bare except for a few stumps and mounds of earth: a welcome which did not accurately reflect the pride Kinsfather and his neighbors share for their community.
“The idea was to get a new, fresh sign,” Kinsfather said. “We changed it to ‘Twain Harte Welcomes You’ just to update it a little bit. We are pleased we got it back up there.”
With financial contributions from Partners for Twain Harte and material donations from Twain Harte Lumber, about 10 community members from the Twain Harte Homeowners set out to redesign and reimagine the titular emblem.
The new sign was installed and assembled over two days, Kinsfather said, at a material cost of about $1,700.
“Now, instead of seeing that when you come around that corner, you see the new sign instead of the devastation created by the mini tornado.”