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100-year-old time capsule pulled from Woodbury County Courthouse

100-year-old time capsule pulled from Woodbury County Courthouse

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SIOUX CITY | A century-old time capsule was removed from the cornerstone of the Woodbury County Courthouse Tuesday, in preparation for the landmark building's centennial next year. 

The time capsule from July 1916 contains items that include foreign and U.S. coins, photos of then-President Woodrow Wilson and city street scenes, results from an October 1875 local election, a souvenir from the 1916 Panama-California Exposition in San Diego and many articles from the Sioux City Journal in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Woodbury County Board Chairman Matthew Ung said the box will be opened at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 21 at the courthouse, 620 Douglas St.. 

The iron box had to be drilled out of the granite from the northwest corner of the building ahead of the May 2018 centennial activities to avoid structural problems caused by colder weather.

Designed by famed architect William Steele, the courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1996. It's considered the largest publicly owned Prairie School-design building in the world.


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