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Corinth Crossroads Museum begins fundraising for platform

May 23, 2014

By Lena Mitchell, Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Tupelo



May 23--CORINTH -- The Crossroads Museum has begun fundraising to construct housing to display an exhibit donated by the Corinth Fire Department.

The 1924 American LaFrance pumper fire truck donated to the museum must be displayed in an enclosed space as a condition of the gift, and the museum board agreed to construct a special display area on museum grounds, said board member Lee Thurner.

Thurner sought and received the approval of county and city board members this week for placement and construction of a two-level structure. The new platform will be located on county property where a cannon currently rests, and the cannon will be relocated to a site near the museum's flagpole.

The first level will be an enclosed, temperature-controlled display area to protect the fire engine from future deterioration, and the second level can serve multiple purposes, Thurner said.

--It can be a viewing platform for rail fans, who like to tour places to watch and photograph trains. With its famous railroad crossing and operational train tracks, the platform gives such Corinth visitors an excellent vantage point. Almost 200 photos taken of trains in Corinth are already posted online at www.rrpicturearchives.net.

--The platform also will overlook open space at the C.A.R.E. Garden and can be used by speakers during special events like the Green Market at the Corinth Depot or political events.

The board has commissioned a design, and is in the early stages of raising about $41,000 to fund the project.

lena.mitchell@journalinc.com

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