New sign graces former Akron mill site

Posted March 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm


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An Akron Community Foundation grant made it possible for Akron officials to obtain a new historical site marker for the town’s former mill site, which was located on the edge of the Big Sioux River at the west end of Reed Street. On Thursday, those responsible for this new addition to the town’s river front area gathered to see what the marker will look like once it’s officially installed. From left: Akron Community Foundation Board Member Mike Hohenstein, Akron Historical Preservation Commission member Angela Price who wrote the grant; Akron Parks & Recreation President Bob Brown who was the idea originator; Akron City Clerk Melea Nielsen, and Pat Sitzman who installed the sign along with assistance from Mayor Harold Higman Jr. (who was not available at the time of the photograph). The total project cost was $2,800, of which $2500 was paid by the grant. The marker was sculpted by Les Bruening Sculpture of Omaha, Neb., from a photograph provided by Bob Brown.

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