"The Ties That Bind" : New Sculpture Unveiled in Canadian

Remembering Wildfire Victims & Honoring Those Who Opened Their Hearts

CANADIAN - Lost lives and lost homes.

March 6 is a day those living in Hemphill County will never forget.

The county judge told us, on that day, a fire scorched about a third of the county and impacted many in the community, but he said the generosity, kindness, and love from many across the country was the story that became bigger than the fire.

Every piece of work in a museum has a story and the unveiling of this new sculpture is no different.

For everyone packed in the room, this work of art is more than just a new addition to the River Valley Pioneer Museum.

"Those two posts were delivered up here from San Saba County," said George Briant, the Hemphill County Judge. "There was a lady down there that wanted to send something to help and she only had enough money to buy two t-posts. She put it on the truck and it was head this way and the story came along with it about her generosity, and that's all she could give."

Briant told us those t-posts are used for fencing so he set them aside deciding something had to be done.

"Judge Briant called me in on the project and suggested that maybe we could do something with these two t-posts that we've been presented," said Doug Ricketts, the creator of "The Ties That Bind." "I've had a lifetime of experience of putting things together with strange parts so that was a design takeoff. "

The t-posts, an old burnt fence post, some carving and bailing wire came together to make "The Ties That Bind."

It not only commemorates the fires that destroyed hundreds and thousands of acres in the Texas Panhandle this spring but the generosity of those that lent aid.

"I think it's a very emotional story especially for all those that have been through this horrific fire and all the aftermath," added Lisa Hanbury, Museum Director of River Valley Pioneer.

It's been four months since the devastation but the folks here are taking it day by day.

Judge Briant says Hemphill County lost about 80,000 to 100,000 acres to the March fire.

If you would like to see the new sculpture it can be found in the front lobby of the River Valley Pioneer Museum.
 


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