by Alan Todd
Sometime between the night before Thanksgiving when the lights went out on the Box Canon sign and Thanksgiving evening when they came back on again, someone stole two-thirds of the light bulbs off the iconic Ouray landmark.
Glynn Williams, one of the "Five Guys" who earlier this year restored the sign, which was first erected and lit in 1909, said he noticed only one and a half letters lit Thanksgiving evening. "Best I can tell, when I came home Wednesday night, the lights were on," he said, "but when I came home Thanksgiving evening, just one and a half letters were lit."
Williams said 106 of the 165 light bulbs were taken. Each bulb cost approximately $6.
Along with missing bulbs, Williams said, damage was done to three of the sockets, but fortunately the power equipment was left untouched. Estimated damage is approximately $700.
Williams filed a report with the Ouray Police Department. On Saturday, the OPD posted a plea on its Facebook page requesting anyone with information regarding the incident to call 970-252-4010.
Ralph McCormick, another of the Five Guys, said the vandalism was saddening.
"This really disappoints me that we have this type of person living near us," he said. McCormick hopes it wasn't the work of individuals still displeased with the light emitted from the sign at night.
Williams discounted that theory.
"Since we've dimmed the lights," he said, "we haven't heard a (complaint). In fact, we've heard 'thank you for doing that’,” he said.
Williams said he looked around the...