Many Earmarks in Budget Despite Shortfall
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#1 Jun 12, 2009
The stone barn was built in 1903 and is on the State and National Register of Historic Places. It was also nominated to be on America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list for 2009. It is a symbolic icon on Wisconsin's landscape. Wisconsinites are proud to be the "dairy state" which is why the town asked the state for some help funding this project over two years ago.
Wisconsin has lost over 80% of our old barns. In 100 years our grandchildren will be looking at rusty old pole buildings. I challenge each of you as you are driving around the countryside to imagine what this state would look like without these old barns. Most of them will be gone in 20 years. We can't save them all, but need to save some, which is why the Town of Chase municipality purchased the barn. They want to protect it.
This is not just a stone barn in need of restorations. it will be a unique historical park that represents what this great state was built from; farms.
The barn will be used for public and private events such as receptions, reunions, tractor shows, auctions, convensions, etc. It will also have a historical museum representing the lifestyles of rural Wisconsin settlers. Students from all over northeastern Wisconsin will have fieldtrips here to learn about Wisconsin history.
But how will this help our economy, people ask? The barn will not restore itself. The town will have to hire people to do most of the restorations and development of the park, providing work for many locals. The materials needed for this project will have to come from other companies, also producing work.
But the full economic impact won't be felt until the park is completed. Once it's open it will generate a lot of tourism to this small rural town. People will need to eat, they will need gas, they might want a place to sleep or shop, etc.
This is a good thing and will be a great example of what this state money was designed to do....help put people back to work and revitalize communities.
Before you judge, please check out our town website to learn more: www.townofchase.org
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