Hello fellow travellers,
A couple days ago, on May 29th, a small tragedy occurred. The fascade of the Boone County Historical Center collapsed, as was predicted by contractors for some time before. The building was built in 1907 and was scheduled for masonry work mid-June, but apparently the rough Iowa winter was a bit too much for the 109 year old building.
Thankfully no one was injured in the collapse, but one of our beloved relics was a casualty. Sitting in front of the Center was an original Lincoln Highway marker, as you can see in the photo above. The front right corner has been chipped off among the other destruction.
This particular marker was found by a good ol’ friend of the road, Ty Cassetti, just north of Boone. Just like most of the relics, it was a buried treasure, lost in the past. Once rescued, it was donated to the Boone County Historical Society to mark the Lincoln Highway’s heritage, as it runs through Boone.
Now, the Executive Director of the Historical Society has confirmed that the marker will be repaired along with the building, but it does leave us to question a few things. How do we protect our relics from the wear-and-tear that come with the territory in this here great nation of ours? How do we get young people nowadays to sit up and pay attention to what’s going on around them? All I know for sure is that we have to keep on going down this wide road.
From the Road,
Lincoln Highway Johnny
If you are interested in donating toward the rebuild of the Boone County Historical Center, please visit Boone History Center Urgent Relief.