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Courthouse Civil War statue condition assessed

Dr. Dennis Montagna, director of the National Park Service’s Monument Research and Preservation Program, closely examines the Civil War soldier statue located by the Great Bend courthouse. The bronze statue was erected and dedicated by Ira. D Brougher in 1915 with the words, “Lest we forget....

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"It’s a terrific monument," said Dr. Dennis Montagna, director of the National Park Service’s Monument Research and Preservation Program in Philadelphia. Monday morning, he inspected the south facing Union Civil War bronze statue located in the courthouse square.

"You can see the quality of it," he said. "There are no flaws. The artistic value is quite nice. The condition looks quite good.

"It has a good surface with no serious corrosion," Dr. Montagna said. He added the area is fortunate in that there was no heavy industry to cause corrosion.

The statue, a union soldier made up of ...

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