Mill in final phases of demolition
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[June 21, 2007]
Route 66 Heritage Foundation
Chairman Geoff Ladd, also the executive director of the Abraham
Lincoln Tourism Bureau of Logan County, has announced that The Mill
is in the final stages of demolition. Parkland Environmental Group,
led by David Stowers, tore down the dilapidated sections that had
little historical value, leaving behind the original portion as well
as the post-World War II addition.
"We're now working towards making this attraction into a
photo opportunity," says Ladd, "but we're still not comfortable
enough with the construction completion to allow visitors inside."
The building, while structurally sound, is still in need of more
repairs and construction.
The Route 66 Heritage Foundation of Logan County reports that
they have noticed an increase in salvagers looking for scrap metal
and other things in the debris. The group reminds the public that
The Mill is private property, and trespassers will be prosecuted.
Geoff Ladd goes on to say, "Our organization does not want to stop
the tourism of The Mill; we want to stop theft and trespass so that
we can continue the work." The Mill will be shored up and secured
over the weekend to help prevent further salvaging efforts.
Even though The Mill is not yet complete, Ladd hopes to encourage
visitors to come and take a look at what has already been
accomplished. Those wishing to visit The Mill should call
217-732-8687 before making a stop there, so that a tour guide can be
[Text from news release received]