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BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The Rainier “R” is placed atop the old Rainier Brewery Building in Sodo Thursday night. The new “R” was built by Western Neon, the Seattle company that also made the Tully’s “T” that it replaced.

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Onlookers cheer and applaud as the “R” lights up as planned.

BETTINA HANSEN / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The “R” is lit by neon and 470 LED bulbs, and can be seen brightly from many points in the city.