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January 13, 2014

‘Boomer’ finds a home: Holden statue now gracing Event Center

ENID, Okla. — A Harold Holden statue that has embodied the spirit of Enid  returned to public view Monday.

The statue of “Boomer,” once mounted beside the Cherokee Strip Conference Center and put into storage last fall, was remounted Monday on the southeast corner of Enid Event Center.

The statue was moved in September for safekeeping before demolition of the old downtown conference center. A new hotel and parking garage are planned for that space.

“We prepared the base last week,” said Jim McClain, public works director for the city of Enid.

McClain said Monday’s re-installation of the statue happened because of a convergence of opportunity. Monday’s fair weather, the availability of the equipment to move the statue and the fact the base for the statue had cured enough for the mounting made Monday the perfect day, McClain said.

“I’m sure they’ll have some sort of little ceremony in the future,” McClain said.

Boomer depicts a man on horseback at full gallop in the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. The rider holds the reins in his left hand and a flag stake in his right hand.

The Enid Walk of Fame, which contained pavers in honor of outstanding Enid residents, also was taken up and placed in storage at the same time Boomer was removed.

The pavers remain in storage, said Derrek Silas, director of e-communications for Enid. A decision where to place them has not been made.

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