Ty Melton, left, takes down the Eads News & Smoke Shop sign with the help of P K Melton, both with Melton Design Build. They are aided by Bob Okun, far
Ty Melton, left, takes down the Eads News & Smoke Shop sign with the help of P K Melton, both with Melton Design Build. They are aided by Bob Okun, far left, owner of Fastsigns. (David R. Jennings / Daily Camera)

Eads News & Smokeshop may have closed its doors more than a year ago, but the Boulder History Museum on Thursday made sure a piece of the iconic store will always be around.

The museum took down the clock and signs on Eads' tower on the corner of 28th Street and Canyon Boulevard, and will stash the items in its permanent collection.

"It's been a longtime institution of Boulder," said Julie Schumaker, the curator of exhibits for the Boulder History Museum. "It was definitely something we wanted to acquire for our collection."

Eads, which opened in Boulder in 1913, closed its doors in January 2013 after the store's owner could not find a buyer.

The area is on track for a major redevelopment as Boulder-based Pedersen Development Group plans a roughly $80 million project that would include two new hotels.

The owner of the Eads building, Lou DellaCava, contacted the museum and offered to donate the signs.

"He definitely wanted to make sure something of Eads was preserved for Boulder's history," Schumaker said.

For now, the signs are too big too display, so they will be put into the museum's storage. But Schumaker said if the museum is able to secure more room she hopes to put them out for the public.

"Hopefully in the future we will be able to utilize them in an exhibit," she said. "Maybe a history of Boulder business."

FASTSIGNS and Melton Design Build in Boulder donated their time and services to help the museum take down the signs and the clock.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.