Capsule sealed and delivered to the future

Ken Morrell, left and Bill Carmosino, both with Mesa County install a time capsule under the main steps of the old Mesa County this afternoon.Mesa County in celebration of its 125th anniversary is installing a commemorative time capsule at the courthouse.The public is invited to join in the ceremony on Thursday, February 12th at 1:00p.m.The time capsule contains memorabilia that represent Mesa County.

Mesa County Facilities and Parks employees Ken Morrell and Bill Carmosino struggled a little to lift the 4-foot-high, 60-pound cylinder and slide it into a hole under the stairs of the Old Mesa County Courthouse, on Wednesday afternoon.

The aluminum cylinder they hoisted into place — a time capsule to be opened upon Mesa County’s 200th anniversary — was welded shut on one end, capped with eight screws at the other end, with the Mesa County logo facing out, and filled with nitrogen. There was a moment, once it was set inside the 18-inch-diameter hole on a couple wooden rails, for a few pictures before Tom Bosko of BOA Builders epoxyed a 30-pound sandstone plug into place.
Morrell, building maintenance supervisor for the county, brought his own camera. Nichole Hall, spokeswoman for the county, also brought a camera.

“We put a lot of things in there,” Morrell said.

Those “things” will not see the light of day for another 74 years, when Mesa County celebrates its 200th anniversary.

Poems by Mesa resident Nona Kelley Carver; pieces of the Clifton/Fruitvale Community Plan; photos of electronic voting equipment; a postcard of the Glade Park store; a book by Virginia Donoho: “Where is Loma?”; a Mesa County 125th anniversary T-shirt and more are contained within.

“We put in a lot of things we would like to see from 100 years ago,” Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca said.

An official time capsule ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 12 at the courthouse, commemorating the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln. The local Sons of Union Veterans will hold a brief ceremony.

And then to cover the round hole under the courthouse steps — a hole that took Kleen Kut Service two hours to drill through sandstone, bricks and cement — county officials will hang a square plaque.

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