The Original Pegasus Soars Again in Dallas

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DALLAS, TX -- The original Pegasus that was first installed atop the Magnolia Building in the 1930s is back.

"It's been part of the (Dallas) skyline since 1934, but I think it embodies it's history as that of being an oil town," David Fisher, Dallas' Interim Director of Cultural Affairs said.

"The support structure was installed in 1934 as part of the original Pegasus.  A replica was put on in 1999 for the turn of the century.  For the millennium.  So, what you see in front of the Omni is actually a new support structure with the original restored red metal panels."

Yep, the original Pegasus will not just fade into history.  It's now front and center, right in front of the Omni Hotel.

"We've brought that cultural artifact sort of back down to earth amongst the people,"Fisher explained.

"Well, if you look at the panels, while they've been really well restored by Michael Van Enter and Van Enter Studios, you can tell that it's the original metal.  You can see little holes where allegedly people have taken rifle shots at it."

Yep, guess that's Texas for ya.  The structure was fabricated by Texlite Signs of Dallas back in the 30s.  It became the logo for Mobil Oil when it merged with Magnolia Petroleum in 1959.  Pegasus gained landmark status in 1973.

The neon lights still need to be installed. But you can imagine its neon lights will only add to Omni's brightness.  Crews hope to have Pegasus lit up by the end of May.

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