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 Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.