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Progress necessary; Not always good

Progress is necessary for the future, but sometimes it is not necessarily good.

Many historical sites and buildings have been lost due to someone’s grandiose idea of progress, and it all boils down to money.

The financial equation asks will the bottom line be increased if we demolish and rebuild, or is it feasible to restore and retain?

Such actions have taken place in Pulaski, as well as from coast to coast and border to border across the U.S.

Once torn down, only memories remain of what local residents recall as historical.

Much consideration comes after years of neglect, lack of maintenance and repair and non-use. Owners receive no income, thus cease upkeep allowing time, weather and vandalism to lead to deterioration.

To the younger generation, such sites are eyesores. To the older populace there are memories of fond times, events and celebrations.

One such structure is the target of research, studies and action by local officials. The Dalton Building on N. Washington Avenue, a block from the former N&W Train Station, not far from the former Maple Shade Inn and fronting Route 11, the main route north and south before the interstate.

Officials are looking into all aspects of a renewed life for the Dalton Building constructed in 1921. It was added to the National historical Register in 1979, nine years before the stage area collapsed from neglect that lead to a leaky roof and rotting timbers.

With its proximity to the New River Trail State Park and renovated and restored train depot, interest has peaked in a possible housing and restaurant complex aimed at walkers and bikers using the New River Trail.

Another attractions, coming in the near future, is the Raymond Ratcliffe Transportation Museum and the late Dr. Milton Brockmeyer’s model railroad version of the town of Pulaski.

 

 

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