I wrote about this last fall, see Save the Smokestack. The smokestack is coming down this Saturday, all 556 feet of it. The coal burning high bridge plant is not longer in service and has been replaced by a gas burning plant that fired up last winter.
The stack is a landmark of sorts. I use it to find my way home. Like my next door neighbor I find the blinking lights on the top of the stack oddly comforting. I have lived in it’s shadow since 1982.
It is a shame that it can not be saved and mader into some kind of a monument. Like I said last fall, we preserve grain elevators and tiny homes that were built in the mid 1800′s why would we demolish a landmark? The stack is 556 feet tall and can be seen for miles. It is also a home for the peregrine falcons. (See the live cam)
I think we are making a mistake by tearing it down.