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Owner wants historic lodge's sign returned

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One of the oldest homes in the Camelback Mountain area has a sign stolen from the property -- a sign that has been there for 70 years.

And the owner is hoping somehow she'll get it back.

"It's got to be one of the oldest homes in the valley and very few people even know its here," says MJ Staymates.

If only these walls could talk. The "El Oeste Lodge" was built in 1924 first as a single family home, and then turned into a lodge.

Just off 56th Street and Camelback the Staymates' family bought and restored the home 20 years ago.

People who live in the Arcadia area know it and know it well.

This landmark sign has been out in front of the property for 70 years -- it's like a piece of history. This week it was stolen.

"I'm losing sleep over it, which is ridiculous, and so many people go past here and they see that sign and it was here before any of these properties," says Staymates.

Today it is no longer a lodge. 91-year-old MJ lives in the main house and several tenants rent the bungalows on the property.

She just wants their sign back. It has no street value, but emotionally it's priceless.

"It's a landmark and to me, its me. I have worked 21 years on this place and hard work, I guess I have 20 years of my life into it."

You have any information on the stolen sign, you're asked to call Phoenix Police.

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