Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
It's a shame to see that fading away, Tom. My granddad was a UP man, so I feel a certain distant connection to all things UP. I love the cast friezes. Today, they'd probably make them on a 3D printer.
What's going to happen to it? Surely they're not just bringing in a wrecking ball? Some of that architectural detail needs to be preserved, gosh darn it! OK - enough of that. The most amazing photo is the phone with the handprint. Or maybe it's not a handprint. Whatever - it's still a great, evocative photo.
The way I understand it is that the wrecking ball is going in and knocking it down, friezes and all. I also understand that as soon as it's down, railroaders are going to crawl all over the rubble trying to save what they can. In a perfect world the building would be preserved; in our world where the financial bottom line is paramount, history, architecture, beauty, none of them matter. Let's hope for a last-minute reprieve.
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