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Main Avenue brickwork spelling error

Bricks outside the future downtown commons plaza are shown Nov. 20. The Brass Monkey's brick was incorrectly spelled "The Brass Money."

TWIN FALLS — They didn’t get it right on the “money.”

If you walked along Main Avenue recently outside the future downtown plaza, you may have noticed a sponsor brick that read “The Brass Money.” What it should have read was “The Brass Monkey” — the name of a clothing boutique just down the street.

As it turns out, this was actually one of 15 bricks the Urban Renewal Agency had to replace this week because they had misspellings or were illegible. Another six bricks had to be replaced with engraved ones that were paid for, but were missing altogether.

“One of the funniest ones — they misspelled the mayor’s name, and it made me laugh,” URA Executive Director Nathan Murray said.

Mayor Shawn Barigar had noticed the misspelling of his name as “Bariger” while he was wandering around the block looking at the bricks. He snapped a photo, sent and email and got a quick response that the brick would be replaced with one that had the correct spelling of his last name.

“The new one is there and it is spelled correctly,” Barigar said on Friday.

How did the mistake happen? It’s actually a bit complicated.

The Rotary Club of Twin Falls had sold about 300 engraved bricks to the public for $100 each, or two for $250. The funds went toward the downtown plaza, which will include a splash pad.

The club had to transcribe handwritten forms into a spreadsheet, which then was sent to Guho Corp. — the general contractor — and on to the Boise engraving company, Rockitecture.

After the list passed through that many hands, Murray said the URA didn’t know who made the errors. The bricks were laid before a thorough proofreading had been done.

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“After the fact, they went through and did a whole review,” he said. “We ended up having to redo 21 bricks.”

Barigar said that in the “grand scheme of things” it wasn’t a big deal that his name was misspelled. Murray, however, told the mayor that he’d planned on using the brick as a paperweight.

Many of the mistakes were small, but important to identifying the sponsors — Michele became Michelle and Jody became Judy, for example. And The Brass Monkey became The Brass Money.

One brick in the section along Main Avenue and Hansen Street contains several people’s names, followed by a random series of letters. That brick, however, isn’t a mistake, Murray clarified. Apparently, the person who purchased it created some kind of secret code as a scavenger hunt for his or her children.

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