Steamboat Springs The community event marquee that hung in downtown Steamboat Springs for more than 40 years may have ended its reign in Ski Town USA, but it could be reincarnated 25 miles away in Oak Creek.
When Steamboat resident Scott Wedel learned that Wells Fargo planned to take down the sign that often announced community events and fundraisers, he called the bank and asked whether he could have it, and before the sign was taken down Monday, he was given the OK.
Wedel, who owns property in Oak Creek, thinks the sign could have a future there.
“It was a useful, nice thing for Steamboat, and the theory is it would be a similar use down in Oak Creek,” he said.
“Once it’s smashed up and sitting in the dump, it’s not going to do anyone any good.”
He said offering the sign up for use by the town of Oak Creek or the Tracks and Trails Museum was a logical use, one that could benefit a town tight on resources.
“Obviously, Oak Creek doesn’t have the same number of cars per hour, but the sign was a nice way to tell people of meetings or events and presumably increasing attendance.”
He said he has contacted Mayor Nikki Knoebel and Tracks and Trails Museum historian Mike Yurich about possible uses for the sign.
Tracks and Trails curator Nita Naugle said the idea is in the very early stages of discussion.
“Potentially, there could be a use for it,” Naugle said Wednesday. “We don’t know for sure what or how.”
Knoebel said the wheels have begun turning.
“We wanted to talk to the board and people around town to see what they thought,” she said. “We’ve talked about places that would be good ideas, somewhere in town where we can keep people updated. We think it’d be a great thing for the museum.”
Knoebel anticipates those involved will be able to find a good use for it in Oak Creek, and she hopes the sign will be hung somewhere in town as early as spring.
“It was great that Scott went through with this and thought of the town,” she said.
“I always looked at the thing thinking, ‘Oh, what’s going on in Steamboat?’ and I think it’d be great here just to keep everyone abreast of what’s going on.”
— To reach Nicole Inglis, call 970-871-4204 or email ninglis@SteamboatToday.com