It wasn’t done ceremoniously. No one was waiting to see its contents. But the time capsule outside the Wells Fargo building on the Square was dug up Thursday morning — more than a week after its plaque suggested.
It was buried by First State Bank employees 20 years ago with plans to dig it up on the bank’s 100th anniversary, Sept. 12, 2012.
The day came and went.
But the plaque didn’t go unnoticed.
Local musician Glen Farris, who lives on the Square, decided to celebrate the community’s failure to open the capsule. He created a Facebook event for “See You at the Capsule.”
And at 12:01 a.m. Sept. 13, a group gathered around the brass plaque.
“We toasted the time capsule,” Farris said.
He was surprised people showed up.
“That’s the funny and awesome thing about our community,” Farris said, adding that people come together for weird, quirky, curious things in Denton.
Joe Stroop, vice president of communications at Wells Fargo, said the bank is planning an event in mid-October to display the contents of the time capsule. Wells Fargo took over the building 11 years ago.
“We decided that since the plaque on the time capsule said it would be opened in 2012, we would open it in 2012,” Stroop said.
But it won’t be an opening ceremony, he said.
A bank employee picked up the time capsule from the city Thursday and the bank will determine how to open it, Stroop said.
Luckily, the capsule came with instructions: “Break with hammer, do not saw,” the top reads.
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