Ideas floated for site of decrepit Elwood hut
BY MARY BASKERVILLE Correspondent July 19, 2013 9:04PM
Updated: August 22, 2013 6:52AM
ELWOOD — Floyd Garrett brought a few ideas for the village during Wednesday’s Elwood Village Board meeting.
He’s suggesting some changes at the site of Jackson Township’s quonset hut on Mississippi Avenue at the rail tracks in downtown Elwood.
Speaking during public comments, Garrett, who also serves on the village’s planning and zoning commission, said the building has seen better days. If the hut is taken down, Garrett suggests there could be many new possible uses for the site.
Garrett said the village needs a good sign to recognize the path of the famed U.S. Route 66, and said there also could be signage to recognize Elwood as home of the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
The site could be used to recognize the history of the Joliet Arsenal, he said. The village has a statue as a memorial to those who lost their lives during explosions at the munitions plant, as well as the thousands of workers who aided the country by working there, but the statue is in the lobby of village hall. A matching statue is at the entrance to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery.
Many visitors through Elwood do not know the history of the arsenal, he said.
“We’ve never had a veterans monument,” Garrett said, suggesting yet another use for the site. “Every town has a monument to the veterans. These are just ideas.”