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More donations made to fill Longview time capsule

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 12:02 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 11:26 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - They say time waits for no man, but, as it turns out Longview’s time capsule has waited over a year for plenty of men, and women, to donate additional items for burial. Longview’s Director of Community Services, Laura Hill, knows why.

“The history of the delays can be summed up in one word: COVID. We were going to bury this in May of 2020 and we got derailed. And then we were going to bury it in May of ‘21, and we had a surge in COVID. So now in October of 2021, we’re going to get her buried,” Hill said.

Hill says May 17 was Longview’s 150th birthday, but there’s no time like the immediate future to bury a big metal box in front of Fire Station One in Longview.

“We’re about past our celebration time frame. So this will be our last event to celebrate Longview’s sesquicentennial,” Hill said.

And the donations kept rolling in, which were efficiently packed into the metal time capsule.

“We have bluebonnet seeds from the Mater Gardeners, the police department brought a chest of stuff. We’ve got T-shirts, we’ve got plans of street renovations, football helmets, a lot of photos, a lot of books,” Hill said.

And a football representing the 2018 Lobos State Championship team.

“All the team signed the football,” Hill said.

But the weirdest thing, offered up by the Longview Public Library, does seem appropriate for an October burial: Agatha Zombrarian, Librarian, who has been part of their Haunted Library. Now that’s community relations.

She was overdue for a little break but she may be rested and ready for work in about fifty years. She’ll be waiting there, right on top.

The time capsule will be buried in front of the main fire station at Cotton and Center streets in Longview Wednesday October 20 at 1 p.m. It will be dug up at Longview’s bicentennial celebration in 2071.

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