Longview celebrates sesquicentennial with time capsule burial

Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 3:23 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - After nearly a year-and-a-half wait, it’s in the ground. The City of Longview has buried its time capsule. And it certainly isn’t buried treasure, but it may prove to be a treasure to those who eventually open it.

A small crowd gathered to listen to Longview Mayor Andy Mack talk about the last part of the Longview Sesquicentennial Celebration - the time capsule burial.

“I can’t imagine what they’re going to think when they open this capsule, and they look at us and go, ‘Those guys were like in the dark ages,’” Mack said to the crowd.

The capsule was sealed up and ready for burial, but recently we got a look at what’s inside - over 150 items from Longview residents.

“I think it’s important that people put a lot of thought into it, put some real personal things in there that will mean something to people when they open this capsule. Hopefully, my letter will be read, and hopefully, some of my children will be here and my grandchildren will hear the letter that I wrote, and they’ll understand it more. They’ll say, ‘Wow, I never knew that,’ you know? They’ll learn something about when we were here,” Mack said.

The capsule was lowered into the ground in front of Fire Station One, and then there was a sort of reverse groundbreaking as city officials shoveled a little dirt on it. Director of Community Services Laura Hill said she was glad to see the Sesquicentennial come to a close.

“All I have left to do now is file some paperwork, so they have something to refer to in 50 years,” Hill said.

And she knows it’s important to get that filed because of what’s right there on top - The Zombrarian from the Longview Public Library’s Halloween decor.

“I’m pretty sure seeing that skeleton’s face looking up at them will be a bit of a shock, especially if they don’t carefully read the list,” Hill said.

Mack is a little envious of the future opening ceremony.

“I would have loved to see something from my grandparents or great grandparents when they lived here and seen what they were going through. That would have been really pretty cool,” Mack said.

So now, the time machine begins its journey to the future in real-time. Makes me wonder if time capsule years are like dog years.

Hill said the delay in the capsule’s burial helped add many items and information placed within. It will be opened by the city in 50 years at Longview’s Bicentennial celebration.

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