Some while back I bought an RV and spent 2 years traveling the US,
Mexico, and Canada. I traveled every day but stopped and
explored every place I could find of interest. Mostly for me,
museums and historical sites. Mostly, all lovingly
preserved. I loved them. They were a major part of
my reason for continuing to travel.
Just, from time to time, I would find vandalism. Just North
of Bend in Oregon there was a sign on a display board at at a
viewpoint, saying sorry, the information board has been destroyed too
often, we cannot replace it any more. I sometimes would see
ancient buildings with initials scrawled on them, or an old wall
painting overwritten with modern day graffiti. I heard about
a fossil site in S Dakota that opened in around 1920 then closed in
1957 because all the fossils had been stolen. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fossil_Cycad_National_Monument
Mostly, everywhere was intact though, and lovingly preserved.
Often beautifully re created. Mostly more than compensating
for those early pioneers who knew no better, and later vandals
interested in destroying the past. I think it would be hard
to better the Oregon Trail Interpretative Center recording those early
events with hardly more than a rutted trail as souvenir.
Returning to West Vincent Township, I read in the minutes that a
Birchrunville guided tour was a great success. It is wonderful that
people will experience all the great history of the quaint little
crossroads etc. in the area.
I was fascinated by this and was reminded of a book written on
Birchrunville. Guess what I found?
In West Vincent you had a wonderful piece of history. The old
Powder Mill. It should have been preserved for
ever. A History of West Vincent Township by Elizabeth
Eldridge, published in 1977, carried details. I'll quote from
and here is a picture of the mill at that time, taken from the booklet.
Today, sadly it is all gone. Pulled down and the stone used
to make garden walls. At the time, although a ruin, all four walls with
window openings, were still standing.
It should be a criminal offense.
But in West Vincent, in times gone by? No. Not at all. And
not that long ago. The perpetrator, who about 15 years ago
pulled down this historic building to make garden walls, is none other
than WVT Historic Site Preservation Manager Harriet Stone. Does that
name sound familiar from my recent writings? She was also a Judge of
Elections candidate (and current Judge of Elections holding the office
illegally). The very person arranging and giving the tour of
Birchrunville. Nowhere else could the person responsible for tearing
down one of the area's most memorable sites be made into the person
responsible for the preservation of those exact same historic
sites. It's unbelievable. Well it would be, except
it happened in West Vincent under the eye of Supervisor Ken Miller.
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