Welcome sign auction nets $33,000

Oct 11, 2017 From wire reports

CHEYENNE -- Tiffany Gamble loves everything Wyoming. As a collector, she's always on the lookout for items with the famous bucking horse logo that represents her home state.

When she learned the Wyoming Department of Transportation was auctioning five decommissioned Welcome to Wyoming signs, the Casper woman immediately placed a bid that won her a sign.

WYDOT raised about $33,000 from the auction, which will go back into the department's road improvement fund. For the five winners like Gamble, they not only helped put money back into road improvements, but they now own a piece of WYDOT's history.

Gamble already has plans for her sign. She said she will proudly display it at her Casper-based business, the Hat Six Travel Center.

"I'm not sure exactly where we'll put it, but I'm going to talk to my managers to figure out the best spot," said Gamble, who is the business advisor for the Hat Six Travel Center. "I know I want it to be displayed similarly to how it was on the interstate."

The auction marked the first time WYDOT gave the public the opportunity to bid on decommissioned signs. Previously, the department disposed of the signs by recycling them.