Stage set for Fort Madison battlefield

Stage set for Fort Madison battlefield

Gazette Column
Although leaders in Fort Madison have not reversed an earlier decision to split a historic parcel of land and allow retail development on one section, they have entered into an agreement aimed at historic preservation and management of the remainder of the property. While many, myself included, remain disappointed and disheartened by the prospect of a Dollar General┬ástore on a part of this significant and irreplaceable War of 1812 battlefield, the most recent action by the Fort Madison City Council nonetheless deserves praise as movement in a good direction. The city will expend a portion of the $51,000 grant money received from the National Parks Service American┬áBattlefield Protection Program┬áto partner with The Walker Collaborative, based in Nashville, Tenn. The organization was the only company of the nine approached by the…
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