Brief by Mike R0sso
Salida Yards – December 2003 – Colorado Central Magazine
It’s hard to miss the lawn ornament on the 400 block of 4th Street in Salida.These weapons of mass destruction aren’t the product of some politician’s imagination. The late John Ribal of Salida, who served in the U.S. Navy, created the bomb memorial as a tribute to his brother Chris who had served in the Vietnam War in the 1960s. John’s daughter Janet, a Pueblo resident, believes that it was done in the same spirit as the yellow ribbons that have become a common way to show support for members of the military serving over seas.
The actual bomb casings were brought back from an Army base in Utah and painted silver to match the roof of the house. “Dad was very color coordinated,” said Janet. The home, by the way, is for sale by owner, bombs not included.