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Historical Plaza

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4829c4a13590eOld high school with flagpole
Plaza with flagpole (front view)
Entrance to old high school
Entrance to Plaza
Placement of urns by old high school
Placement of urn in Plaza
Flagpole base from old high school
The revamped flagpole base at the Plaza
Front view of flagpole and surroundings at Plaza
Wilson Plaque (show in previous photo behind the plagpole)
Sign (it can be seen in the front view of flagpole)
View from the southwest
Back view of nearly completed Historical Plaza
Old high school with flagpole

Central Lyon

Historical Plaza

Rock Rapids, Iowa

Planning

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4829c4a13590e"Those who are content to remain in the valley will get no news from the mountains." - Macy "Keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you." - Whitman
"Those who are content to remain in the valley will get no news from the mountains." - Macy "Keep your face toward the sunshine and the shadows will fall behind you." - Whitman
During the summer of 2003, the former high school building was demolished in order to prepare the site for the construction of a new facility to support the activities to be conducted in the remaining gymnasium, weight room, and fitness center.  Prior to the demolition of the vacant building, certain artifacts were salvaged from the 1923 structure with the intent that they would be used in the construction of a historic area near the flagpole, which stands at the south end of Boone Street and had been dedicated by the class of 1924.  The salvaged pieces include decorative urns form the roof line, two limestone plaques (featuring quotations from Whitman and Macy), two ornate limestone door surrounds from the entrances, and a plaque of dedication for former Superintendent Wynant S. Wilson.  All the salvaged pieces were incorporated into the Historical Plaza during construction.
A granite stone and paving brick area surround the base of the flag pole in front of the former high school.  The floor of the site has spaces with engraved 4"x8" bricks and 8"x8", 8"x12", and 8"x16" granite pavers.  The final touch to the project was the placement of solid granite benches on the perimeter of the patio area.
Those were chose to support this project and preserve some of the history of the former high school building got to have his or her name, a loved one's name, a farm, a business, or family engraved on a brick or granite paver.  Major contributions are honored with a name/logo engraved on a solid granite bench to be placed on the perimeter of the area.

Please direct any questions to any committee member or Marla Freese at the Central Lyon Community School, 1010 S. Greene St., Rock Rapids, IA, 51246, phone (712) 472-2664.

 

Buy A Brick

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4829c4a13590eWhat the dedicated bricks look like when put together
Closer shot of dedicated bricks
The next five shots are from different viewpoints showing where the bricks are laid in comparison to the rest of plaza
back side angle
side
front side angle
backview
Bench with enscription from donaters of 00+
Bench with enscription from donaters of 00+
What the dedicated bricks look like when put together

To fund the historical plaza, a citizens committee launched a campaign to sell engraved bricks and granite pavers that will make up the floor of the plaza.  This project is sanctioned by the Central Lyon Board of Education and the funding of the project will be from donations and the sale of engraved bricks and granite pavers.
COST OF BRICKS
$80 Brick - 4"x8" brick with 2 lines of type - 14 spaces per line
$90 Brick - 4"x8" brick with 3 lines of type - 14 spaces per line
$250 Granite Paver - 8"x8" granite paver with up to 6 lines of type
-14 spaces per line
$550 Granite Paver - 8"x12" granite paver with up to 6 lines of type
-21 spaces per line
$1050 Granite Paver - 8"x16" granite paver with up to 6 lines of type - 28 spaces per line

A logo may be added to a brick or paver for $50.00.  (Camera ready art must be supplied by the purchaser to take advantage of this option.)
Major contributors of $6,000 or more will be honored with their name, the name of a loved one, or their business name/logo engraved on a solid granite bench to be placed on the perimeter of the area.
For further information, please contact the Central Lyon School's central office at (712) 472-2664.
Make checks payable to : Central Lyon Community School

Mail Checks to:
Central Lyon Historical Project
1010 S. Greene Street
Rock Rapids, IA 51246