The new noon whistle attached to the city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department building on Howelsen Parkway will be dedicated at noon Wednesday.

Photo by Matt Stensland

The new noon whistle attached to the city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Department building on Howelsen Parkway will be dedicated at noon Wednesday.

Steamboat's noon whistle to return

Dedication ceremony scheduled for noon Wednesday

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— The noon whistle is back. Well, almost.

Steve Hoots, the city of Steam­­boat Springs’ facilities maintenance manager, said all the parts are in. He said it’s only a matter of time before the new noon whistle starts sounding again.

“We’re installing the whistle,” he said. “It should be ready next week, barring any issues or unforeseen complications.”

Mainstreet Steamboat Sp­­rings Manager Tracy Barnett said a dedication ceremony for the new whistle has been scheduled for noon Wednesday at the city’s Parks, Open Space and Recreational Services Depart­ment building on Howelsen Parkway, where the whistle is located.

The group that promotes downtown Steamboat raised $5,500 in the past two years to buy the whistle, which replaces the one that came down in October 2008 near Eighth and Oak streets.

Barnett said the new whistle sounds more like a steamboat and has less of the previous whistle’s siren sound, which bothered some downtown business owners and customers.

She said the whistle — which historically signaled the beginning and end of the work day, called firefighters to blazes and served as an air-raid siren during the Cold War era — would contribute to Steamboat’s small-town feel.

Barnett said it also would contribute to the town’s rich heritage.

“We think it can become an icon. People always want to know where Steamboat got its name,” she said. “We hope the whistle will prompt people to ask that question.”

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