Full steam ahead

Historical society’s transportation museum unveiled to contributors


FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Guests line the atrium of the Logan County History Center’s new transportation museum during a Thursday evening preview. At the center of the atrium are the first Honda Civic manufactured in East Liberty and the first Honda Pilot made in America. ABOVE: David Wagner, immediate past president of the Logan County Historical Society, introduces project architect Karen Beasley during the event. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | REUBEN MEES)

It took a last-minute push to polish the fine details, but the Logan County Historical Society successfully unveiled its new transportation museum as planned Thursday evening.

“If you would have asked me two weeks ago, I wouldn’t have bet a nickel that we’d get it all done, but look at it,” historical society board member Charlie Patrick said. “It’s still overwhelming what we’ve done.”

The 15,000-square-foot addition to the Logan County History Center was built in the spirit of the Big Four Railroad Roundhouse and the stalls that ring the circular central atrium each carry a different facet of local transportation history.

It is the end result of a $2.4 million Ohio Department of Transportation grant, more than $600,000 local funding and a lot of hard work by both volunteers and the Robertson Construction Service team that was hired to build it, those involved say.

“A year ago, I stood in front of you at the annual meeting and said, ‘Get ready for the trip of a lifetime,’” immediate past president David Wagner said in the preview event for board members and project donors.


Complete story and more photos in Friday's Examiner.
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