125th Anniversary Celebration Logo Winner

Congratulations to Kimberly Roesser for creating the winning design!

Here is the full story from the Gillette New Record:

Rockpile Museum tech’s design wins city logo contest

POSTED: TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2016 12:00 PM

Kimberly Roesser has a unique opportunity to learn about and appreciate the history of northeast Wyoming and Gillette.

The 25-year-old has taken the knowledge she’s gained as a technician at Rockpile Museum to design a unique logo for the city’s 125th anniversary this summer.

She was announced the winner of the 125th Anniversary Logo Contest on Monday afternoon out of 19 entries.

Originally from Virginia, Roesser moved to Gillette with her husband two years ago for his work.

She’s always been artistic, working with paint and making baskets.

Then she heard about the logo contest, sponsored by the city of Gillette, Gillette Main Street and the Campbell County Historical Society.

“It’s the first time I’ve done anything like this,” Roesser said Monday evening. At the Rockpile Museum, she often works with the museum’s collections rather than in the view of the public.

So she knew about the career of Edward Gillette, an engineer who surveyed the area for the first railroad through the community, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad. He located a shorter route, avoiding Donkey Town as the station and saving the railroad a lot of money. He hoped to receive a pay raise as a result of his work.

While the company did appreciate the savings, instead of the pay raise, they named the town after Gillette (1854-1936).

“I had a booklet before I got the job and I thought that was a pretty funny story,” Roesser said.

“I’m more well-versed about Gillette history,” she added, pointing to her job. “I thought, ‘What are some of the industries in Gillette?’ And I came up with agriculture.”

The railroad and Gillette are integral to the community’s history, too.

So she included a photo of Gillette (the man) in her logo, along with a silhouette of a horseback rider to cover the area’s agriculture and ranching roots, and a lighter outline of a railroad steam engine with the area’s zip code, 82716.

That’s not only the community’s zip code, it also translates into the day Gillette will celebrate its 125th anniversary at the end of a week of events, Aug. 20-27.

“I worried it would be too busy with all the things I included,” Roesser said. But organizers of the contest didn’t think so. They selected her entry as the best.

History is one of Roesser’s passions, so the logo contest now becomes part of Gillette history too. That seems fitting.

“Because I came from the East Coast, a lot of the history there goes back farther than the Civil War,” she said. But Wyoming and Gillette didn’t come about until the late 1800s, well after the Civil War. Wyoming became the 44th state in 1890. The railroad came to Gillette in 1891.

“Out here is so different,” Roesser said. “It really felt like the Wild West, in a way. Out here, the history is a lot newer.”

For winning the logo contest, Roesser also will get something of a unique reward: $125 in Gillette Gold Bucks.

She’ll also be introduced to the City Council at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Gillette Main Street and the Campbell County Historical Society formed a committee that narrowed the 19 submissions to the top three. From those three logo entries, Mayor Louise Carter-King made the final selection.