Local contractors offer aid to Park County cannon

By: 
Jasmine Hall

A Park County committee created to ensure the return of a Civil War memorial to the public has received a significant break in fundraising. 

Park County displayed its historical 3-inch ordnance rifle, commonly called a cannon, outside its courthouse for decades. But then after it was restored in recent years, it was stored away from the public view for protection against the elements. After a Livingston Enterprise story about efforts to publicly display the cannon was published earlier this month, the Park County Cannon Committee received offers from local contractors to help with the costs of building a display for the piece. 

Marilyn Hartley, head of the Cannon Committee, said Tuesday she received calls from BioSeal, LLC Owner Gregory Parks, Battle Ridge Construction President Shaun Ryan and Fisher Sand & Gravel offering to help the committee with construction of the display.

Hartley said the committee has been working with BioSeal to come up with a final design, and that the company made a couple of “suggested tweaks” to the committee’s proposed design. 

“There might be a few changes from what we originally planned, but we’re willing to take a look at their suggestions,” she said. “… We’ll just be taking those into consideration.”

Battle Ridge Construction presented the committee with some architectural-type drawings for the display and has offered to split the construction expenses with BioSeal, Hartley said.

In addition, Fisher Sand & Gravel offered to cover the construction costs to build the cannon display’s concrete base. 

The $5,000 already-donated funds from the Veteran of Foreign Wars for the cannon will be donated to the contractors to help cover the display’s glass expense, Hartley said. 

The committee anticipates the estimated cost of the display will be in the $15,000 range, Hartley said. However, after receiving the contractors’ help, the committee will need to raise only a few thousand dollars to cover the display’s finishing touches, such as interpretive signage, a background scenic display and landscaping. 

“This is awesome, I mean this is huge,” Hartley said of the businesses’ generosity. “It means that the committee does not have near as much pressure on fundraising issues to cover the costs of construction. We can focus on the dressing parts of it.”

Hartley said the committee is discussing spring fundraising ideas, such as a chili cook-off and a bowling event, and is still planning a cannon dedication around the Fourth of July. 

An account, called the Park County Cannon Project, has been set up at First Interstate Bank for those who would like to donate to the effort.

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Jasmine Hall may be reached at jhall@livent.net.