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, March 8, the 67th day of 2014. There are 298 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The price of board for single gentlemen occupying rooms in Davenport hotels has been raised to $10 per week. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Dr. J.W. Stewart was elected president of the Rock Island County Bible Society. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. I.O. Nothstein, Rock Island, was named president of the Woman's Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the Twin Cities. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Athel Young, wife of Chic Young, who draws the internationally famous "Blondie" comic strip, has been visiting her mother, Mrs. John Miller, in Rock Island for three weeks. The Youngs' infant son accompanied his mother. 1964 -- 50 years ago: 750 students from 30 northern Illinois high schools will take part in the Class D state finals music contest to be held next Saturday on the Augustana College campus. 1989 -- 25 years ago: A near capacity crowd shook the rafters at Wharton field House in Moline Tuesday night. When the decibel level returned to normal, Alleman's Pioneers had pulled out a 54-49 victory over the Orion Chargers. The win advanced Alleman into the Elite Eight for the first time in 25 years.