The backdrop for the closing ceremony was Bicentennial Park, which sits at Walnut and High streets. Part of the bicentennial monument, which will hold a time capsule representing London and Madison County, was in place. Work will continue through the summer and fall. The committee has sold 30 personalized bricks for the patio in front of the monument and continues to accept orders.
The committee will accept suggestions for items to be included in the time capsule until Nov. 1. The capsule, donated by Eberle-Fisher Funeral Home in London, measures 91 inches long by 34.5 inches wide by 32 inches high. It will be encased in the monument, likely sometime next year.
As for the time capsule from the 1911 centennial celebration, recent research points to its location being several feet beneath the center path at the war memorial on the county courthouse lawn.
Several years ago, when the war memorial was renovated, a construction company struck a large concrete structure while digging at the site. They didn’t recognize the emblems on the outside. They were unable to open it or reduce it in size, so they left it in the ground as fill for the war memorial’s foundation.
While the individuals who conducted the research are fairly sure the structure is the long-lost 1911 time capsule, there are no plans to dismantle the war memorial in order to dig it up.
The trouble in locating the 1911 time capsule is the reason the 2011 capsule is being encased in a very visible, above-ground monument. (Columbus Messenger. July 9 2011)