LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin's downtown now has a piece of Paris! Main Street Lufkin unveiled the 'Locked With Love' tree Wednesday morning. It mimics the love locks on the popular bridge in Paris with an East Texas twist.
Amy Fincher put her engraved love lock on the new tree at the unveiling. That's only one love story behind one lock on Lufkin's new Locked With Love tree.
"On a trip to Paris on vacation, my husband and I saw it. After that, we thought this would be something great for our downtown!" said Barbara Thompson, Main Street Director.
Shortly after, a representation of the Ponts Des Arts bridge and love locks of Paris was unveiled right here in Cotton Square Park.
"I thought it was really neat to use the key and dispose of it, so it cannot be unlocked," Fincher said. "It has my husband's name, my name, and the date we were married."
The river that the key would go in in Paris was the Seine River. There's no river in downtown Lufkin, so that aspect of the display is replaced by a crafty sign.
"You simply put it in our key box to never be seen again," Thompson said.
Thompson said the locks on the tree aren't the only things with a special meaning. The tree itself represents a strong and growing love, and the rings around it represent infinity.
"Once you put the key in there, your love is locked. That's the whole statement of what we're doing," Thompson said.
With Valentine's Day around the corner, the tree is expected to attract couples and anyone who wants to lock their love to downtown Lufkin. The love locks give them the chance to leave an everlasting mark.