By: Christine Souders
Former Students reminisce as a century old Rock Island School Building comes tumbling down and took a trip down "Memory Lane."
Crews finished demolishing the gym and supply room at Lincoln Elementary on Friday, and former students we talked to tell us it's sad to see it go.
Ron Griffin wouldn't be surprised if thousands of little treasures were hidden behind the gates of Lincoln Elementary.
"The green grass there is where everybody used to play marbles," said Ron Griffin, who went to elementary school in the 70's, and just wishes some artifacts could have been salvaged, "There are historical things being thrown away. They could put them into another building here in the Quad Cities and reuse it.
Like Griffin, Debra Brooks also went to Lincoln Elementary, and she said its bittersweet watching crews tear it down brick by brick, "You actually pick out the same rooms that you were in when I went there. I knew exactly where my music room was and the gym, so yeah it's kind of sad to see it go down."
Lincoln Elementary was built in the late 1800's, the city tried unsuccessfully for a while to find a buyer to fix it up.
"I think it was too far gone to have been saved," said Brooks
So now the old building with so much history will soon become just that…History.
A time capsule from the class of 1976 is somewhere inside the walls of the school.
It was meant to be opened a hundred years later,
But come Monday, the school will be gone.