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Johnston Street icon getting new home

Posted: 1:29 PM, Oct 04, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-04 18:45:33-04
Cal's Western Store iconic horse leaving his home of 58 years today to be restored and then moved to greener pastures at Moncus Park.
Cal’s Western Store iconic horse leaving his home of nearly 60 years today to be restored and then moved to greener pastures at Moncus Park.

LAFAYETTE, La. – Cal’s Western Store may be closed for good, but the store’s famous horse is getting a new home.

It will be repainted and moved to Moncus Park at the Horse Farm.

The horse was taken down today after standing high on Johnston Street for nearly 60 years.

Brothers and co-owners of Lafayette’s first western clothing store, Jim and Gary Gautreau, said it’s a bittersweet moment, but they are happy to know the horse will still be around.

“Knowing it’s not going to be there is kind of a funny feeling,” said Jim Gautreau. “But we’re so encouraged by what’s becoming of it, like where it’s going…to the park. Which I think the horse farm is an ideal spot. We both agreed.”

The store closed in 2017 after 58 years in business.

 

 

 

Inside Cal's Western Store more than a year after it closed.
Inside Cal’s Western Store more than a year after it closed.

 

Crew preparing to remove the iconic sign.
Crew preparing to remove the iconic sign.

 

 

Empty shelves inside the former Cal's Western Store.
Empty shelves inside the former Cal’s Western Store.

 

The store's famous horse is getting a new home.
The store’s famous horse is getting a new home.

 

The horse will be repainted and moved to Moncus Park at the Horse Farm.
The horse will be repainted and moved to Moncus Park at the Horse Farm.