Gopher (Clem T. GoFur)
Designer: Peter Soehn (Kelowna, BC)
When Built: June 15, 1991
"To draw tourists off the highway and into town."
The Village expanded this theme in 1992 by painting all 11 fire hydrants in the Village to look like Clem's kin (see expanded picture). In 1996, the "World Famous" Gopher Hole Museum was opened. It features taxidermied gophers (actually Richardson's ground squirrels) dressed in costumes (i.e. musicians, preachers) and placed in dioramas. In three summers it has drawn 28,000 people to this village of less than 200 people.
Peter Soehn also designed the Sammy and Samantha Potato in Vauxhall, Squirt the Skunk in Beiseker, and Pinto MacBean in Bow Island.
Information Source: Torrington Tourism Action Society
Picture Source: Brian Wilson, Torrington Rec Board