Glenwood is historic – check the sign |

Glenwood is historic – check the sign

Post Independent/Kara K. Pearson

Glenwood Springs is a historic town. People know that when they come here, but now it will be easy for them to see.”The historic preservation commission felt a need to replace the old wooden signs with something that reflected more of what the community represented,” said senior planner in the Community Development Department Gretchen Ricehill.Three large signs will welcome visitors to this bustling little village on the three main entrances proclaiming the historic downtown. Two on I-70 at either end of town as well as one on Highway 82 coming in from Aspen. The first one was erected Friday in the south roundabout at the I-70 eastbound entrance to West Glenwood.Marice Doll, representative for the Glenwood Springs Historical Preservation Commission, along with her husband Dick Helmke and City Development Director Andrew MacGregor, came up with the idea for the new signs.”I just wanted a sign pointing out the historic downtown,” Doll said. “Instead we got these. The whole process went through really slick.”Made from two slabs of Colorado Rose Sandstone, each sign weighs between 1,300 and 1,800 pounds. The signs will stand eight feet high by 11 feet wide and were carved to resemble the entrance to the Glenwood Canyon. Each piece of sandstone came from a quarry just outside of Lyons, Colorado. The signs were designed by Mexi Corry and the final slabs were carved by stone carver Martin Cooney of Woody Creek.”It was difficult forcing the project in Colorado Rose,” Cooney said. “I had to reject about nine slabs before I finally had the right ones.”Finding a piece of the unique stone big enough for the project was somewhat of a hassle, Cooney noted. Adding that it would have been easier to use Utah sandstone,but how appropriate would that have been? After it was all said and done he was able to find six pieces of the right stone.”It’s all from Colorado,” he said.Cooney, an architectural stone carver by trade, has been working with stone for the past eight years, but this was the biggest job he’s done so far. He decided to add a unique touch to the historical preservation of the town. The lettering is carved in a classic V-cut instead of the sandblasting method more typically used today.”It’s sort of a nod to the “stone masons” who built the Hotel Colorado,” he said. “Glenwood Springs really has some great stone architecture.”Cooney even went as far as making the overall slope and dimensions of the canyon and tried to make the signs as close a representation of the canyon entrance as he could.”They’re symbolic,” he said. “It represents that coming in or going out of Glenwood is through a canyon.”Incorporated into the westbound exit 116 sign will be a time capsule holding trinkets that represent the city. That sign will be constructed on Friday, Oct. 27.According to Doll, several entities are placing items into the capsule, ranging from a medallion from the Glenwood Springs Railroad Museum celebrating the 100th anniversary of the railroad station to a cell phone and its charger to show how we communicate.Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext.

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