125 years of courthouse history

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SHERIDAN — Installation is expected to finish this week on a new historical project in the lobby of the Sheridan County Courthouse.

The exhibit features a 5 foot by 12 foot full-color graphic on the wall at the lobby entrance, with six smaller panels below showing the several locations where county commissioners have conducted business over the last 125 years. The graphic is of a summertime photo of the courthouse taken several years ago by local photographer Stan Woinoski.

County Commissioner Tom Ringley initiated the idea for the project, and along with staff from the commissioner’s office and the county clerk’s office, created wording for the panels.

“I had the idea because I wanted to do something to first of all, celebrate the 125th anniversary of the county and second, to brighten up the entrance to the new courthouse lobby,” Ringley said.

“Third, I thought it was fun information for people to be able to read about our history when they come into the courthouse,” Ringley added. “It took two or three months to gather up all the information and come up with a design.”

Production of the graphic and panels was done by Kennon Sign Shop, formerly Bella Graphics.

“It is a graphic and it has a sticky back to it, like a big sticker,” explained Dale Hall, Kennon’s vice president of business development, about the process of installation. “We peel off the back and it is pressed on to the brick. Then we used a heat gun to put hot air on it and use hand rubber rollers, two or three inches wide, and roll it while it is being heated, which causes the graphic to adhere and shrink into the brick work.”

“The graphic will take on whatever texture is underneath giving it that painted-on look,” he continued. “For this particular piece we used a laminate that goes over the actual graphic that gives it more of a brighter, almost 3-D appearance to it. We are pretty pleased with the way it turned out. When you first look at it, it looks like it is painted on the brick. It has a really unique look to it.”

Ringley said the project is relatively inexpensive, costing $1,100, and significantly brightens the entrance to the courthouse building.

“It is pretty eye catching and it is going to draw you over to what is written down,” Ringley said.
“It will add a little historic dimension to the courthouse for public consumption,” he added. “People can be aware of courthouse history, where before they weren’t.”

He noted that some historical information and photos were gathered with help from the county clerk’s office as well as the Wyoming Room at the Sheridan County Fulmer Public Library.

By |March 25th, 2013|

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Christina Schmidt has worked at The Sheridan Press since August 2012. She covers a variety of feature stories as well as stories related to local schools.