Don’t open until 2110: Summit County buries time capsule
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BRECKENRIDGE – A message to the people of 2110 was sealed Friday afternoon before a group of about 20 locals on the old Summit County Courthouse’s first floor.
People stood circling a gray box loaded with artifacts of local life as county Commissioner Bob French read a five-page letter he wrote on Memorial Day.
“We climb the mountains, ski them, ride them on snowboards, bike them, run them, walk them, photograph, admire, think about them; we know they’re there; we feel them always, even if unconsciously,” he said.
The roughly 2-feet-by-2-feet time capsule – topped with decals from local ski areas – was loaded with pictures, maps, postage stamps, brochures and a lift ticket, a copy of the Summit Daily News and much more.
Items from the 1909 time capsule opened during the Breckenridge 150 Celebration last year were also included.
French’s letter included musings on the economy, water issues, the mountain pine-beetle infestation as well as the local culture.
“We’re diverse and pretty tolerant,” he said, adding that people of a spectrum of lifestyles and ideologies “all get along just fine, thank you.
“We have West Africans checking and bagging groceries at City Market, languages and dialects spoken around the county that I can’t even identify.”
He said the people are “reasonably generous,” supporting people in need.
“On the whole, Summit County gets it,” French said, explaining voters’ support for a recent tax increase for county government despite the economic downturn.
The sealed capsule was placed in a courthouse vault because of rain, and county manager Gary Martinez said it would likely be placed in a vault near the building’s cornerstone on Monday.
In a few weeks, a plaque is to be placed on the capsule – in part to prevent against a problem encountered by people in Pitkin County.
A large “time tube” buried in Aspen in 1983 was to be unearthed in 2000, but nobody could find it and the capsule remains buried, according to an article in The Aspen Times.
During the dedication of Summit County’s time capsule, a horse carriage passed on Lincoln Avenue. People commented on what sort of noises might be heard in 1909 or 2110.
They tossed business cards into the box shortly before it was screwed closed.
“Maybe somebody should throw their iPhone in there,” said local real-estate broker Daniel Johnson, but nobody volunteered.
SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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