Being demolished -- that is the fate for the historically landmarked Moline Depot if $155,000 is not raised by Dec. 18th.
The Western Illinois University Quad Cities campus wants to take the Depot and renovate it to use as its Welcome Center. It will sit along the railroad tracks by 34th Street.
The Depot must be moved since the land it sits on will be used by the new Interstate 74 bridge project. It needs to be moved THIS WINTER before too many more improvements are completed on the WIU campus.
The City of Moline has reneged on its end and will not use the $141,000 it will receive from the land sale towards the repairs needed before the depot can be moved.
The Moline Preservation Society has stepped up to raise the funds. Please help by making a pledge to support saving the Moline Depot. Call (309) 762-3058, or go online to www.savethemolinedepot.com, or mail to P.O. Box 9141, Moline, IL 61265.
Please don't let Moline officials destroy another historic building.
Today is Saturday, April 19, the 109th day of 2014. There are 256 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Miss McCorkindale has opened millinery rooms over Gimbel's dry goods store, where she offers a choice lot of millinery goods, which she will manufacture to order. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The little South Park Presbyterian chapel celebrated it first Easter decorated with flowers for an afternoon worship service attended by a large congregation. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Wennerberg Chorus of Augustana College has returned from a 2,000-mile tour in the Eastern states and Illinois. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Col. Charles Lindbergh has stated that he is convinced that Germany's air force is equal to the combined sky fleets of her potential European foes. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Small gas motors may be permitted on boats in the lake to be built in Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. The prospect was discussed yesterday at a meeting of the Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission. 1989 -- 25 years ago: The annual Dispatch/Rock Island Argus Spelling Bee continues to be a family tradition. Ed Lee, an eighth-grader at John Deere Junior High School, Moline, is the 1989 spelling bee champion from among 49 top spellers in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties. He advances to the competition in Washington, D.C. Runnerup was Ed's sister, Susan.