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 Friday, Aug. 22, the 234th day of 2014. There are 131 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: The ferry boat, Rock Island, having been put in good order at the boat yard is now making her regular trips, much to the gratification of those who have to cross the river. 1889 -- 125 years ago: W.J. Gamble, for many years superintendent of the Moline & Rock Island railway, leased the Fourth Avenue Hotel and renovated and refurnished it throughout. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Pending the building of new public schools or additions to the present ones to provide adequate room for all the children, the board of education decided that pupils younger than 6 years old would not be accepted in Rock Island schools. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The fifth annual New Windsor Fair and Horse show, which has been delayed for two days because of unfavorable weather, got off to a new start last night. The parade was held this morning. 1964 -- 50 years ago: The Rock Island County Fair and Rodeo will celebrate its silver anniversary this year. The fair opens Tuesday and will run through Saturday and offers entertainment and activity for young and old. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Earl Hanson School, Rock Island, joins the Program to Assist Latch Key Student, which aids working parents. PALS is a before and after school program for grades 1-6 in certain Rock Island public and private schools.