Saturday, June 25th, was a very special day for an old friend. The Colorado/Utah State Line Marker was placed in its new home, refurbished and renewed. This historic marker had been close to rubble from graffiti, gunshots and other abuse along old Hwy. 6 on the Colorado/Utah state line. During the last 18 months it has received a new look, with the help of so many; and is now placed near the current Colorado/Utah state line on the south (eastbound) side of Interstate 70.
Several joined Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis to celebrate this historical event.
|As shown in the historical society records, circa 1931|
|January, 2015 in state of disrepair|
On January 29, 2015, a team of county officials, road crew, engineers, and historical
experts, along with Mays Concrete specialists, carefully removed the marker
Cliff Mays, Sr. has a story behind his desire to restore the marker
The broken and bruised stately marker was transported with great care to Mays Concrete Specialties for 18 months of tender-loving-care and refurbishment.
|Wrapped with care, she is ready for the move|
|Cliff Mays, Sr. with Commissioner Scott McInnis and Rudy Bevan (Mesa County Road & Bridge), with Kyle Vanderberg (Mays Concrete) looking on. The marker has arrived at her critical care unit to receive her new look at May's Concrete.|
|Brian Burthe, Mays Concrete, diligently working to prepare her for placement|
June 25, 2016
|Waiting for the unveiling|
|The story of the marker is now placed on the back of the 'Welcome to Colorful Colorado' sign|
Family and friends gather to await the unveiling
And the celebration begins...
|Commissioner Scott McInnis tells of the history of discussion, planning and moving of the marker|
|The first look at the refurbished marker|
|This little guy was quite surprised when the tarp was lifted from his 'home'|
|All of the little ones followed him around the marker. He was looking for a new place to hide!|
It was a great day to be celebrated by County Commissioners
Scott McInnis, Rose Pugliese, and John Justman
Thank you to the following for their time, care, labor, materials, and research:
Mays Construction Specialties
Elam Ready Mix
Snyder Grand Valley Memorials
Master Builders Solutions - BASF
Dr. David Row
Mesa County Public Works Department
Garry & Barb Brewer