Herculaneum rallies to save stone bleachers from 1930s

Friday, June 18, 2010

HERCULANEUM, Mo. -- The eastern Missouri town of Herculaneum is grappling with what to do with beloved, 75-year-old stone bleachers that are showing their age at the high school football field.

Now crumbling in spots, the bleachers date to the mid-1930s. They were part of a Works Progress Administration project meant to help the nation out of the Great Depression.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Herculaneum's fire chief Bill Haggard, who sits on the city council, wants to make sure the bleachers survive.

Superintendent Stan Stratton said that while the bleachers are important historically, the seating now could be a safety issue.

It's unclear how much the repairs could cost, and Stratton wonders if the district can afford it.

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