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Old 07-14-2008, 12:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Keith Norrington View Post
It was reported yesterday that demolition of the JULIUS C. WILKIE steamboat replica at Winona, Minnesota will begin this week. The replica, which replaced an earlier steamboat museum boat (formerly the steam towboat JAMES P. PEARSON) after it was destroyed by fire in 1981, has been the subject of controversy for the past couple of years.

Backhoes are to start wrecking the replica riverboat as early as Wednesday. The engines and sternwheel (from the PEARSON) will be removed and saved. A group of supporters are already at work on a plan to build a new, interactive steamboat museum.
Most of the local media has had video of the wrecking party. Not much of a steamboat, but still a loss. I understand that they did remove the engines, which were in really good condition, having been completely re-furbished after the last boat burned. We had the CLYDE. in Winona for "Steamboat Days" but there wasn't a whole lot of connection between "Steamboat Days" and the river.......most all events were as far from the river as possible.

A number of people have suggested in the local paper, that the city of Winona should take the steamboat off the city logo and replace it with something more appropriate .............such as a wrecking ball.
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