KHCB Earns Guinness World Record
On Saturday, November 15th, 2014, a total of 60 volunteers worked diligently for 14.5 hours to set a new Guinness World Record for building the largest cardboard structure, made from 18,000 cardboard boxes. The sculpture was a replica of the original Birdville County Courthouse from 1855, sketched by Don Tipps and designed by architect Daniel Williams. The structure measured 41’3” long, 14’ high; 25’6” deep.
Beautification board members from Keep Haltom City Beautiful first learned about building a cardboard box structure from the 2014 Keep Texas Beautiful Conference. Board members teamed up with the Northeast Environmental Team to build the record-breaking structure. Volunteers, made up of local high school students, community members, elected officials from three of the four cities, volunteers from local businesses, board members, and city employees, worked a combined 487 hours during the day of the construction of the structure. The Hills Center in North Richland Hills generously donated the workspace for the sculpture and the boxes and packing tape were donated by local retailer Harris Packaging along with local residents.
Keep Haltom City Beautiful (KHCB) was first organized in 1984 and Keep America Beautiful certified in 1990. The KHCB initiative supports programs related to litter prevention and cleanup, recycling, watershed protection, beautification, code enforcement education and the arts. The KHCB board is comprised of members appointed by the City Council. KHCB is also an affiliate of Keep Texas Beautiful. Our current beautification board members are Carol Williams, Wayne Clowers, Birdi Blocker, Denise Ford, Sandy Lottes, Bob Presley and Donna Peterson, with Julie Orebaugh serving as the KHCB Coordinator from the City of Haltom City. The Northeast Environmental, whose purpose is to educate the citizenry on environmental issues, is comprised of representatives from Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga.