Thursday, June 7, 2007

Come tumbling down

Demolition crews at the former Jefferson Smurfit Paper Plant imploded the tall smoke stacks and water tower this morning at the site that was home to the Battle of the River Raisin.

Crews blocked traffic in the vicinity of N. Dixie Hwy. and E. Elm Ave. for several minutes around 10 a.m. as the stacks and tower were taken down.

The site was home to the Battle of the River Raisin, in which hundreds of American troops were killed in a skirmish and dozens more later massacred by Native Americans.

The implosiion is part of the larger demolition of the former paper plant that is to give way to the River Raisin Battlefield. City officials plan to restore the site to the look of when American and British forces clashed there in 1813.

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