Wednesday May 18 2011
Someone swiped historic bull statue's horn
By: Martha Garcia, Colfax Record Editor
Vandals caught on video
In September 2010, the newly restored Bull and the Bear – two of Colfax’s beloved icons – found a new home at the historic Railroad Depot. Last week, vandals climbed the fence and stole one of the bull’s horns. After the breakage was discovered May 11, Colfax Area Heritage Museum volunteer Donna Williams reviewed the security system and found evidence of the vandalism on video from the previous night. “At 11:40:57 the kids come running from the direction of the fruit shed, three of them,” Williams said. “They run till they get to the edge of the building, stop, start walking, and the one in the lead walks up, hops over the fence, jumps up on the ball, acts like he is riding it,” before he fell off and remounts after several tries. The video also shows one of the vandals kicking the horn several times while sitting on the bull and eventually breaking off the horn. The three males – and another man who stopped to watch – eventually walk off with the bull’s horn in hand. There might also be more evidence, as it also appears that one of the vandals was taking photos with a camera or phone. “We want the horn back,” Williams said. According to Nancy Hagman, a Colfax historian, this was at least the fourth time the bulls have lost their horns. The redwood sculptures, owned by the Colfax Historical Society, were carefully restored by area artists Mel Henderson, his son, Theron Henderson, and John Barrow. The life-sized animals had been fixtures in front of the Bull and Bear restaurant on Canyon Way in Illinoistown and deteriorated over time. Historians believe they represented fights between real bulls and bears that were staged during the Gold Rush. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Sgt. Andrew Scott, Placer Sheriff’s substation commander, at 308-4033.