City crews demolish hillside vault at Brookside Cemetery

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A well-recognized city landmark that has stood on the hillside at Brookside Cemetery since 1882 was removed by city crews Tuesday after a study found the granite face of the building was a hazard and too costly to repair. The vault, however, proved to be stronger than first thought when steel rods and other reinforcements were uncovered during the demolition. The city is storing the vault’s granite face for possible use in the future. Photo by Jim Lincoln.




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