monument coming soon to Old Rock Church
By G. Christopher Terry
December 10, 2008 | PROVIDENCE -- A deal to turn the
northwest corner of the Old Rock Church lot into a civic
monument to Providence's pioneer ancestry is final,
and Providence Pioneer Monument Inc.'s drive to raise
$40,000 in private donations is halfway home. The monument
will be dedicated at the sesquicentennial celebration
in June, 2009.
The new monument is being constructed on the site of
an earlier monument, which was constructed in 1947 and
torn down in the late 1970s.
Dale Astle, city councilman and president of the non-profit
pioneer monument corporation, said that restoring the
monument on this site is personally important to him
because, "I was raised in this town, I've been
involved in the community, and I want to preserve its
heritage. Providence is not just a bedroom community
of Logan, it has its own traditions and identity which
needs to be preserved."
Astle said he enjoyed playing on the old physical monument
to Providence's unique identity as a youth. The two-term
councilman's family moved to Providence in 1921, and
Astle's grandfather commissioned a famous work of art
depicting early pioneer life in Providence by Everett
C. Thorpe. The painting is currently on loan to the
Providence city offices, where it is on display. A reproduction
is on display at the Rock Church.
Astle's non-profit is selling a limited supply of memorial
bricks which will be used to pave the area in front
of the monument, which will feature a bronze wagon wheel,
commemorative plaque, and a time capsule to be opened
in 2059. The engraved bricks are available for a $200