Letter: Save depot, monument to people who built, used it


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Posted Online: Dec. 05, 2012, 11:41 am
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Why save Moline's Railroad Depot?

Buildings are part of the city's soul, a chronicle of the work of the people who built the city. Preservation is the best way to teach about historic buildings and the values and commerce attached to them. Since it must be moved, how appropriate that the Depot be at Q-C's Western Illinois University campus.

Payoffs from maintaining old buildings are priceless. The heritage landmarks leave for the future are a testament to the industry, skills, and inspirations that sustained our ancestors.

Buildings are monuments to the people who made, maintained, and used them in practical and aesthetic ways.

Though new buildings are practical, we must save some of the old culture. Countries from whence we came have buildings many centuries old. Americans must continue to adapt old into new.

City officials approved landmarking Moline's only remaining rail depot in 1994. How better could they use money which the state paid for the Depot land than saving the landmark?

I know money is not falling from the sky, but if the city refuses to support this landmark, which the city previously bought for over $200,000, what precedent is this setting for future preservation? Illinois Department of Transportation, WIU, and individuals are contributing to bringing the landmark to a useful state.

If you care about saving part of history and adding timeless character to the WIU campus, please go to website "SavetheDepot.com", or mail a pledge by December 18, 2012, to Box 9141, Moline, IL, 61265. Help save the Depot!

Scarlett Imhoff,
Moline

















 



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