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Unanticipated time capsule

Pine Bluffs gym floor conceals memorabilia for more than 40 years


A flooring company unearthed history in the form of candy wrappers and old programs While installing a new Pine Bluffs High School gym floor.

Ben Pratt, an employee of J&J Floors, was one of many who discovered memorabilia from the 60s, 70s and 80s while pulling up the old high school gym floor, believed to be installed in 1966. Pratt said he found old candy wrappers from the 60s or 70s, old programs from past basketball games, Hot Wheels and even an old set of keys to a Ford.

"It was all pretty cool," Pratt said. "We would work for a while and when we found something we would stop for a minute and talk about it."

But how did all of that stuff get there? Pratt said when the original floor was installed, the installation team did not put cove behind the bleachers, leaving a gap where objects could easily fall through. And because of the air flow underneath the floor, objects were blown across the surface.

"It is pretty wild how much that stuff has moved over the years," Pratt said.

The objects are currently being held for safe keeping at Central Office. Business Services Director Rob Bryant said some of the objects may be put on display, while others will be given to those who found them.

Bryant said one such object that will be returned is an old Milk Duds box, believed to be from the 60s or 70s. On the back of the box is a baseball card.

The price of the box on Ebay is about $47, Pratt said.

The box might be the most valuable item the team found, but it was not the most meaningful for Pratt.

For Pratt, the most interesting and meaningful things he found were the old programs. Pratt said those programs brought back memories from when he was in high school before he graduated from Pine Bluffs High School in 2010.

"I guess those things mean more to me and our employees than it would to someone else," Pratt said. but being in our home town, it is pretty interesting."

Laramie County School District 2 is installing a new gym floor in the Pine Bluffs High School, a project that began in May.


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