Sign Auction Nets $33,000-Plus

Wyoming's Department of Transportation netted just over $33,000 from a recent auction of five decommissioned Welcome to Wyoming signs.

This is the first time WYDOT has given the public an opportunity to bid on decommissioned signs, and the money will go back into the department's road improvement fund. Previously, the department has disposed of decommissioned signs by recycling them.

Gregg Fredrick, WYDOT's chief engineer, said the public was very excited to obtain signs WYDOT is no longer using. He said the department felt the auction would provide the best and fairest way possible for the public to own a piece of WYDOT's history.

The five 8-by-4-foot aluminum signs came from different parts of the state. WYDOT changes the welcome signs whenever the state issues a new license plate, which happens every eight years, and the Welcome to Wyoming signs typically last about the same time before they need to be replaced because of normal wear and tear.

Among the five successful bidders was Tiffany Gamble, a Casper resident who said she'll display the sign at her Casper-based Hat Six Travel Center.

WYDOT officials said they aren't sure when, or if, there will be another sign auction. If there is another auction, it will again be held on the state's public surplus website, which is

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