New concrete pathways now up at Lucas County Historical Museum

Pictured is the shorter concrete pathway now up at the Lucas County Historical Society Museum. It starts at the patio and leads directly to the blacksmith shop. (Another Bill Howes photo Page 4 of the August 1, 2019 edition of the Chariton Herald-Patriot)

A couple of nice new concrete pathways are now up at the Lucas County Historical Society Museum in Chariton. The pathways were completed two weeks ago and were installed by Scott McGee of McGee Construction.

People were able to first use the pathways during the museum’s annual Peanut Day celebration, which was held in conjunction with Scottish tuba player Jon Hodkin performing with the Chariton Community Band in their final concert of the summer July 11.

One pathway is a short pathway that starts at the patio by the barn and curves down directly to the Bill Marner Blacksmith Shop. “This path is too steep to be handicap accessible, but most people can use it without any trouble,” Lucas County Historical Society President Frank Myers said.

The other pathway is quite a bit longer and is handicap accessible. It starts at the log cabin and wraps around the barn and leads down directly to the blacksmith shop.

“The longer pathway is designed for people who might be in a wheelchair. It has a very long path and a gentle slope,” Myers said.

“This was a pretty big project. The workers couldn’t get a cement truck close enough to the project area so they had to carry the concrete from the truck to the project area in smaller batches,” Myers said.

Half of the project was paid for with a South Central Iowa Community Foundation (SCICF) grant the museum received and the other half was paid for out of Lucas County Historical Society funds.

Myers said the pathways were put in because of the way traffic flows to the blacksmith shop.

“Most people will use the shorter pathway, but the longer pathway is designed for people who need a very gentle grade to get down to the blacksmith shop,” Myers said.

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