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February 2, 2012 I The Lovell Chronicle I 3 DAVID PECK The historic wooden motor launch The Hillmont, now on display at the Bighorn Canyon NRA Visitor Center east of Lovell, is unfortunately marred by four names written with a black marker near the bow of the boat, as seen in the inset to the left. Help sought Vandals trike historic boat just before move BY DAVID PECK The National Park Ser- vice is seeking the public's assistance with an investi- gation into a case of vandal- ism that occurred this fall at Barry's Landing. In September or Oc- tober, someone painted four names on the histor- ic wooden boat "The Hill- mont," which rested for sev- eral years near the top of the boat ramp at Barry's and was moved in October to the Bighorn Canyon Na- tional Recreation Area Cal S. Taggart Visitor Center. Deputy Chief Ranger Dale Kissner and Exhibits Specialist Tyler Ennis said just as plans were under way to move the boat into the visitor center, to better protect it from the weather and, ironically, vandalism, someone wrote four names on the 100-plus-year-old boat. At Barry's, where the boat rested for 10 years, The Hillmont was dis- played under a shade shel- ter surrounded by a wooden fence, but the boat was still obvi0usly deteriorating, Kissner and Ennis said, so plans were made to move the boat inside the visitor center. Kissner said former in- terpretive ranger Valer- ie Newman and Chief of Resources Cass Bromley cleared a place for The Hill- mont along the southeast wall of the visitor center, but about the time the boat was to be moved, the four names appeared on the boat. Ennis reported the names to Kiss- ner on Oct. 17. Written, apparently with a heavy marker, on the front right side of the boat, near the bow, are four names: (from top to bottom as written) "Arturo" (with quotation marks written), Travis, Clint and Robert, along with two star sym- bols. The date 9-17-11 was written on top of a wooden side railing next to the boat with a similar marker. Kissner said he is hop- ing the public can help identify who Arturo, Travis, Clint and Robert might be. "We just haven't been able to tie those four names together," Kissner said. "It appears, the way they were written, that the four were written down together - at the same time. There are individuals by those names in the local community, but local law enforcement can't easily tie the four together. It could be one person writ- ing all four names for some connection. "We rely on local law enforcement a lot because they know the community better than we do." Added Ennis, "It could possibly be a group that came through from Califor- nia (for example)." "They could be from out of state," Kissner agreed. "It's rather amazing that we haven't had more graf- fiti on the boat, given its re- mote location." Anyone with informa- tion on the graffiti is asked to call Kissner at 548-5401 or patrol ranger Jessica House at 548-5421. BOAT HISTORY According to infor- mation from the Nation- al Park Service, The Hill- mont was one of six boats constructed just after the turn of the century (after 1900) to transport dudes and supplies from Kane to Dr. Grosvener W. Barry's Cedarvale Dude Ranch at Hillsboro, Mont. The name of the boat combines Hills- boro and Montana. The six boats were pow- ered by motors. During the 1910s and '20s, and into the '30s, the motor launch was used to conduct tours of Big Horn Canyon for guests of Doc Barry's dude ranch. The keel was built with hand tools using oak fram- ing and native fir plank- ing. Blacksmith Eddie Hul- bert fabricated the metal fixtures used for the inter- nal framing. A sister boat, The Edith, named for Bar- ry's wife, made a promo- tional trip in June and July of 1913 all the way north through Big Horn Canyon to the Yellowstone River, then east to the Missouri and all the way via the Mis- sissippi to New Orleans. Edith Barry and Claude St. John, her son by a pre- vious marriage, operated the Cedarvale Dude Ranch for another decade or so af- ter Doc Barry's death in 1920, and the ranch oper- ation eventually turned to cattle and horse ranching. The ranch operated until the 1950s, when St. John sold the ranch after Edith's death in 1951. The remaining boats were abandoned along the banks of the Big Horn Riv- er. With construction of the Yellowtail Dam near- ing completion in 1965, it looked like the boats would be lost for all time, but Ray and Carrie Cheatham of Greybull and four friends, Bill and Evie Green and Russell and Wanda Bond, having learned of the im- pending fate of the boats, decided to salvage one of the boats before the waters covered it. They selected The Hillmont as the boat that was in the best condi- tion, although weathered and weakened. The six friends worked for three days salvaging the boat. It took two days to bind the boat together with cross braces and wire and secure it to pole run- ners placed underneath. On the third day they slow- ly winched the boat up and over the canyon rim to an awaiting trailer. The Hillmont was kept at Russell Bond's residence for more than 25 years un- til the family donated the boat to the National Park Service in 1992. It rested in front of the visitor center for eight years, was restored in 2000 and was moved to Barry's Landing in 2001, the display site dedicated on Aug. 5. Ten years later, The Hillmont has a new home in the visitor center. During all of that time, only historic graffiti -- carv- ings from many decades ago -- marked the boat until the four names were marked on the boat last fall. LOV :LL [] n CANCER SUPPORT GROUP MEETING qhursday, Feb. 16 7:00 p.m. Multi-purpose Room The Bank of Lovell will present a program about Health Savings Accounts. Cancer patients, care givers,family members, survivors... Everyone is welcome. NEW HORIZONS CARE CENTER 548-520 * 1 I15 Lane 12' Loyal, WY 82431 * w nbhh corn wREBsgrEEk S [ NOTICE TO WATER USERS The Willwood Irrigation District will hold its Annual Meeting at the Willwood Community Clubhouse 1306 Road 9, Powell,WY Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012 at I p.m. Lunch will be at noon at the clubhouse. Hog Heaven will provide the pulled pork entree. Lunch will be potluck this year so please bring a side dish or dessert to share. Please RSVP to 307-754-3831. m Pre-season hunting meeting scheduled BY PATTI CARPENTER The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has an- nounced a special meeting that will be held on Wednes- day, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Fire Hall in Lovell. According to Game Warden Jim Hobbs, the purpose of the meeting is to gather public opinion about hunting in the area. This is the public's chance to provide input that could affect decisions that are made for the coming season. The meeting is expected to be fairly informal, said Hobbs. It will also include a brief history of the herds in the area and a discussion of prior management policies. The official pre-season hunting meeting will take place on March 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fire Hall in Lovell. This second meeting will inform the public of deci- sions made about the upcoming hunting season. For more information, contact Hobbs at 548-7310 or biologist Tom Easterly at (307) 765-2742. Kelly Eckerdt fundraiser set for Feb. 14 A fundraiser for Powell resident Kelly Eckerdt is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Powell. Eckerdt, the wife of Powell Chief of Police Roy Eck- erdt, is scheduled to receive a donated kidney in a trans- plant to take place today (Thursday) in Denver. Her medical expenses are expected to top $100,000 after in- surance. A Valentine's Day Ball for Kelly is being held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 at the Commons in down- town Powell. Tickets are $25 each for a prime rib or teri- yaki chicken dinner. There will also be a silent auction during the evening. Tickets are available at Powell Office Supply, Dan's Boot and Saddle and Arrowhead RV. For more information or so volunteer, call Kimber- lee Yount at 307-254-2646, or e-mail her at younties@ hotmail.com. Ba00eb Ham & Baron of Beef- Mas00eb Potatoes & Grav00q Steamei5 Mixei5 Veoetab/es - HomemaiSe ILo[[s - C00oco[ate Mint Bar All You Can Eat - $15.00 per person Serving from 5pm to 9pm on February 14th Reservations (507) Join us at Healthy Heart Day 112 q, Feb. 14 7-10am Multi-purpose Room New Horizons Care Center Take advantage of these services on February 14! Lipid Panels, including total Cholesterol (HDL "good" cholesterol and LDL "bad" cholesterol) only $25 **please fast Blood Sugar Checks **please fast -- V Blood Pressure Checks V Body Fat Analysis [] Nutrition Information MJ qe Health Tips I ( Diabetes Information V Blood Oxygen Saturation Checks PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease)  Screening **No food or beverage except water, 12 hours before screening. Diabetics should Nor fast. How to Have a Healthy Heart by Deborah Bracketf, MD February 14, 2012 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Multi-Purpose Room at New Horizons Care Center Everyone invited! 00rth Big q-lorn q(0spffalis00ricr II 15 Lane 12 Lovell, WY 307-548-5200 www.nbhh.com