Tracy Robinson speaks at Monday afternoon's groundbreaking/photo by Adam May
A ground-breaking ceremony was held in Guthrie this afternoon for a project that’s been a decade in the making.
About 70 people showed up in the downtown area of the south Todd County town to break ground for the Guthrie Transportation Museum and Welcome Center. Guthrie was built on the railroad industry and “Guthrie Partners for Main Street” Manager Tracy Robinson said it needed to be forever commemorated.
Perhaps as much as Guthrie is known for the railroad, it’s also known for being the birthplace of Pullitzer Prize winning Poet Robert Penn Warren. Ms. Robinson said the courage and strength a group of women showed decades ago to keep his homeplace in Guthrie as a museum inspired her to keep working to get the current project started.
The project is grant funded and construction will begin in the near future. Also speaking at the ceremony were Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall, State Representative Martha Jane King, Boogie Oliver with the Main Street Board and Guthrie Transportation Museum Board Chairman Matt Bailey.
Guthrie Mayor Scott Marshall