In Hobart, a re-dedication ribbon-cutting for the 100th anniversary of the Pennsy Depot Thursday was accompanied by a twig-breaking ceremony, taking the city back to its roots.
Hobart Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mike Adams says back in the eighties Hobart resident Virginia Curtis, founder of “Save Our Station,” spent two years raising funds to revive the building, which had gone unused for nearly two-decades. When it was turned over to the city, Adams says Curtis wanted to reflect the land's history, tracing it back to when Hobart founder George Earle bought the property from the Pottawotamie Indians around 1850:
"There was a ceremony where, whenever they would transfer a deed, there was an oak branch on a log, and then they would pour an appropriate amount of oil over this and that would 'seal' the transaction. So when Virginia set up the ceremony to turn this over to the city she did the same thing and reproduced that ceremony. And my thought was, yes we'll go ahead and cut a ribbon here, but I want to do that ceremony one more time because I think it's important that we link this landmark to the city yet once again."
The building, which operated as a depot from 1912 to the late 60s, currently houses the Hobart Chamber.