The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 17, 2014

Where’s Boomer?: City to create higher base for Holden statue

By Dale Denwalt, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Just a few days after it found a new home, the “Boomer” statue has been taken back down.

A city official said the removal is only temporary.

“It was determined that it need a base created to set it up higher,” Assistant City Manager Joan Riley said.

At its new location on the southeast corner of the Enid Event Center, Boomer was placed on a concrete pad level with the ground. sculpture was set Monday with little fanfare. By Friday, it was gone again.

Boomer used to grace a plaza next to the Cherokee Strip Conference Center but was put into storage while the building was razed last fall.

At that location, a developer and the city are building a hotel and parking garage, so the sculpture had to move.

Boomer was designed by Harold Holden. It depicts a man on horseback at full gallop during the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. The rider holds the reins in his left hand and a flag to stake land in his right.曳