Rocheport man wins trail sign contest

Sunday, February 1, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 3:41 a.m. CDT, Saturday, July 5, 2008

The winning design for the Boone’s Lick Trail sign contest was inspired by an engraving based off of Alonzo Chappel’s 1861 painting of Daniel Boone.

Rocheport resident Gene Baumann found a rendering of the original artwork in a computerized clip art file, altered the image into a line drawing and added the name of the trail in an antique font. His design, one of more than 30 submitted, was chosen as the winner Thursday by a panel of four judges. It is on display at the Walters-Boone County Historical Museum.

The design will be used for signs to mark the route of Boone’s Lick Trail across northern Boone County.

Baumann said his interest in local history and background in advertising inspired him to enter the contest. “The real motivation is having something I’ve done out there for the world to see,” he said.

As a 1960 graduate of the MU School of Journalism, Baumann has more than 40 years of experience in advertising. He retired from the communications department at Shelter Insurance in March 2002. Baumann designed items, such as logos, for the Coyote Hills Christian Children’s Home and Perche Creek Yacht Club. He also designed political campaign materials.

Baumann said he doesn’t know how he will spend the $200 prize, but he intends to use part of it to renew his historical society dues.

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