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, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital. 1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post . 1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.