Sadly, another of Clinton's historic structures has met its fait. The culprits have been found and they will most likely pay, but that won't bring the old structure back. I'm not a lifelong resident of Clinton. I only lived there briefly, but I did have a chance to see the building from the inside, to see the thick beams and the old, heavy milling equipment left by previous owners. Having once worked at a Pro Hardware, I could appreciate the True Value, hardcore guerilla DIYers' kind of hardware store that it was, even if the extent of my DIYing has most often amounted to a sloppy coat of paint.
Some might say it was just an old building, and it was that, but at one time it was somebody's dream and livelihood. There is life in that.
I know there are Herald readers who remember going there, and I, for one, would love to hear the stories and memories of the old building. Even if you never went there, give me your general thoughts on historic buildings in this area.
PHOTO BY JIM LINCOLN