The majestic lady of Ouray, the Box Cañon Sign is back. The Sign has stood sentry over the Box Cañon Falls for 109 years. “Five Guys” brought her back to life.
Her history dates back to June 4, 1909. Some history on her can be found at www.boxcanonsign.com.
The sign was repaired and lighted with solar. Lief Juell of Alternative Power in Ridgway performed the solar equipment and it worked flawlessly. Jake Coulter of Coulter Construction Company took the sign down, repaired, and returned it to the mountain, Craig Hinkston, of Hinkston Construction Company assisted with the removal and replacement of the sign, and the Ouray Plaindealer. There are others the have been of assistance to our project.
We thank the City of Ouray Mayor Pam Lawson and the City Council for the trust they gave us in repairing the sign. The Forestry Service played an important part in the permission for “Five Guys” to operate and perform services to the sign on Forest Service property. The guidance through many hoops (at the last minute) was thanks to Jeremy M. Karchut, Forest Archaeologist/ Heritage Program Manager Forest Service, Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests. Others that we had to get approval are Ouray County Commissioners, State Historical Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Secretary of the Interior.
From May 11, 2017 till June 29, 2018, we worked diligently not to be bogged down in any way or form. The entire adventure was up and down. The requirements and permits way exceeded our expectations. All we wanted to do was to repair and bring the “Grand Lady” back to life again. This the what the “Five Guys” did.
Satisfaction: One of the most momentous occasions in my life (besides my children being born) was when the sign clicked on at 9 pm Friday night, June 29th. There was a rebirth of life on the mountain for the first time in over sixty years. That was exciting. I know that with a little help she can survive another hundred years.
There was most likely no maintenance on the sign since it was placed on the mountain in 1909. Some maintenance, perhaps, on the sign during the early days with replacing stolen bulbs. However, I recommend that if you have the urge to steal a bulb or two… beware… if you place it in your 120 volt socket at home and turn it on. We are not responsible for the explosion. Our bulbs are 12 volt.
The other item is that there are cameras on the site recording all visitors, so smile you are on candid camera. We certainly want your photo for the Sheriff, if you choose to do damage to the sign. We beg you to please respect the sign. It was up only two weeks and had scratched names and drawings in the paint. We will remove them as soon as they show up, but if our cameras catch you… you will remove it.