Frankenmuth's $1 million welcome archway nears completion

Apr 16, 2018

A Bavarian-themed city in Michigan will soon welcome its visitors with a nearly $1 million archway. The Saginaw News reports that a new steel and concrete archway crossing M-83 will welcome people to Frankenmuth, a city northwest of Detroit that serves as a popular tourist destination. The towers are taller than 26 feet.

The archway itself measures 160 feet wide and in 8-foot-tall red letters reads the word "Willkommen," the German word for "welcome." Sheila Stamiris is the director of the Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority. She says the $918,000 project is entirely funded by the Palmer Foundation through the Frankenmuth Community Foundation, and "has roots that go way back."

The project is expected to be completed this weekend.