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Bedford, Indiana: Obsessive Sign Builder (Gone)

Sam Shaw expressed his displeasure with local people and politics with big, red-lettered signs on his front yard. By January 2023, the signs were gone.

Directions:
Hwy 37 to 16th St. Travel east on 16th St., all the way through town, to the town square. Turn left on "I" St., which is a one way road going north. Keep on "I" St., and about a mile down the road will be the house on the right, on a corner.
Hours:
Signs gone January 2023.
Status:
Gone

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Obsessive Sign Builder

On 1/20/2023 only one sign is out: an upside-down sign for the sheriff. I get the impression that the town forced him to remove all of his signs.

[Dave O, 01/22/2023]

Protest signs.... gone.

Obsessive Sign Builder

The lot was cleared of signs, but there was a truck near it with a sign. Next door appeared to be a hoarder's dream store, in which we did not venture.

[TKWeakland, 05/11/2019]
Obsessive Sign Builder

Much has transpired lately with Sam the Sign Man. The city enacted a sign ordinance to force Sam to remove his signs, but a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling in another case caused the local ordinance to be deemed unconstitutional. Bedford then revised their ordinance and issued Sam an ultimatum: remove all of your signs or face a $300-per-day fine. Sam complied, removed his signs, and contacted the ACLU.

On Oct. 31, 2016, the ACLU filed suit in federal court against the City of Bedford. Television stations from all over the state descended on Sam's property to get the scoop. Trick or treat, Bedford City Hall!

[Gobsmacked, 11/05/2016]

Protest signs.

Obsessive Sign Builder

The Obsessive Sign Builder is still going strong. Has a full corner lot in downtown. I can't figure out what he's complaining about. And too scared to ask him.

[Tansy Ridings, 06/21/2013]
Offensive Sign Builder

This guy, "Sam Shaw," is on the ballot in this week's primary election, running for County Commissioner, and in this town/county HE MAY GET ELECTED! Sam is a hoot, who speaks his mind, even though he may very well only have half a mind to begin with.

[Stew Padasso, 05/10/2012]

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