Monday, June 11, 2012

Preserving History

It has been since early 2011 that excitement has begun to build for the 2013 centennial celebration of the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental highway. To join in the fun, my hometown of Sutherland, Nebraska decided to restore an historic service station located along Highway 30, which, through Nebraska, is designated as the Lincoln Highway Nebraska Scenic and Historic Byway.

Below are three photos of the gas station as it has stood for many years.







While a lot of progress has gone on behind the scenes - fundraising, organizing, etc., there wasn't much progress. The two photos below show the site after doing a little clean-up

My husband and brother, foster son and nephew spent three long, hot, grueling days atop the roof tearing off the nearly 100 year old shingles and replacing it with historically-correct new cedar shingles.







And here is the progress to date - click on the image below to open a "photosynth" - a full 360 degree view. We've got a long way to go, but at least we're moving forward. Thanks for stopping by. The coffee is always on.

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