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Letter to the Editor - The trouble with monuments


August 23, 2017


My town has no monuments to heroic Confederate generals waving swords or hats. The closest we come to that is a statue of a mild fellow with hat lowered at his side, the other hand holding his coat open in oratorical style. This monument, rising next to our railroad depot, depicts James Hill, 19th century railroad baron.

What could be more fitting than a memorial to James Hill, a prophetic entrepreneur who helped make the great “Westward ho!” expansion possible? Without his railroad, very likely there would be no town (some even credit the town’s peculiar name to Hill and hi...

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