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Old 07-08-2008, 11:33 AM
 
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Default Woeful Week for the Wilkie

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.
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