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Shay Pavilion

Posted on 13th September 2013 at 16:13

Work on the new Pavilion for the restored Long-Bell Shay Locomotive could start as soon as next week, as the Longview City Council kicks in money from the Kuntz Fund to help pay for the project. Donations for the project started slow, but Brian Magnuson with the Friends of Longview says things have really picked up, both in cash donations and donations of materials…shaypavilion…Magnuson says that they now have $12,000 in cash, with another $13,000 committed in matching donations; that’s in addition to the donations of construction materials and equipment. At the suggestion of Council Members Chet Makinster and Steve Moon, the Council enthusiastically voted to make up to $37,500 from the Kuntz Fund available, matching the other cash and in-kind donations. Magnuson says that prep work could start as soon as next Tuesday, with the actual move of the locomotive planned for some time next month. The locomotive would be put in place, and then the roof of the pavilion would be built by the end of November. In support of the project, Steve Moon noted that this has been a 16-year project, so an entire generation hasn’t seen the historic locomotive; he says that it’s time to get this project done.