Jo Co Commission Supports Butch, Sundance Statue

Jennifer Romanoski
Jennifer Romanoski

The Johnson County Commissioners voted to support the efforts of the Wild Bunch to bring a statue of local outlaw legends Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid to downtown Buffalo.

The Wild Bunch, the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors, are spearheading the effort to put a bronze sculpture of the pair at the corner of Fort and Main Streets on land owned by the county.

They asked the commissioners for support in the form of a letter of approval and a promise of $36,000 from the county to help secure a TEAL (Transportation Enhancement Activities Local) grant from the Wyoming Department of Transportation.

Other funding sources will be secured, according to Wild Bunch members Barb Marton and Jennifer Romanoski, who made the request of the county.

Romanoski said the Wild Bunch did not expect to have to use the county's $36,000 but it was needed to apply for the grant.

The Kaycee City Council, Buffalo Chamber of Commerce and the City of Buffalo have all agreed to submit letters of approval for the project.

The next step for the Wild Bunch will be applying for the TEAL grant, and WyDOT is expected to announce their decision on the grant awards in October of this year.

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