This blog reports events and interesting tidbits from Rensselaer, Indiana and the surrounding area.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Demolition day (Updated)

Today the old Boy Scout cabin in Iroquois Park became part of Rensselaer's history. This is what was left in the late morning.
 Across the street the same fate was meeting the building the I know as the old Strip Joint building. It was a pile of rubble. Next to be destroyed is the house to its south. Both flooded when the river was high. The lots will become part of Potawatomie Park.
Demolition was very quick for these buildings--a few hours.

Update (Friday) Yesterday the old Strip Joint building was demolished, but at the end of the day the house next to it was still untouched.
 This morning it was rubble. I was impressed with the ease with which the excavator was able to manipulate a the concrete block that had been stairs.
 With these two buildings demolished, Potawatomie Park opens up to Iroquois Park. They appear to be one park separated by a very busy street.


Anonymous said...

I am sorry not to see the ending of the Scout Cabin. I had never been in it, and I would have love to see the insides. It has to be a bit sad for those who remember their Scouting days there.

Gene said...

Yes, the old boy scout cabin is engraved in my memory, along with fellow scouts back in the early 1950s... Max Henry, Herbie Arihood, Loren Hudson, and many others.

But Time Marches On as they say.

Anonymous said...

A sad day for Rensselaer, to lose such a historic landmark. It diminishes the town.