VINCENNES, Ind. (WTHI) – Park Administrators at George Rogers Clark Memorial in Vincennes told News 10 Monday water leakage from rain will take top priority as part of a plan to fix up the structure in 2015. The more than 80 year old building has welcomed visitors along to Indiana from Illinois since 1933.
“The memorial was constructed, finished in 1933, and within 6 months they started noticing problems and issues,” said Frank Doughman, Park Superintendent.
Doughman explained the park had already put money in coffers to battle building fixes in 2015. While Doughman explained the fixes weren’t needed immediately, they were necessary for the continued longevity of the park.
“There still are some issues and we want to go in and figure out what’s the best way to go in and fix those things,” said Doughman. The main issue facing the park, according to Doughman, is water leaking into the memorial building after a rain. The fix, he explained, could be as simple as caulking old concrete joints. However, parks staffers wanted to get an outside opinion to make sure there weren’t underlying issues.
“We think we know that there may be water coming in, in certain joints or places,” said Doughman.
The George Rogers Clark National Historic Park, which sits tucked along the Wabash River in Knox County, pays tribute to the surrendering of Fort Sackville by British Forces in February of 1779. Colonel George Rogers Clark, alongside his army and french residents of Illinois Country marched through freezing flood waters to gain the victory, according to the National Parks website. The site explains the victory as significant, noting the Fort’s capture assured the United States would claim the frontier.