• Help Preserve Grasselli Tower in East Chicago

  • General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.
General discussion related to all railroad clubs, museums, tourist and scenic lines. Generally this covers museums with static displays, museums that operate excursions, scenic lines that have museums, and so on. Check out the Tourist Railway Association (TRAIN) for more information.

Moderators: Miketherailfan, rob216

  by rbarcus
 
One of the last working towers in the Chicagoland area was taken off line late in 2007. The Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad's Grasselli Tower is located in East Chicago, Indiana. The IHB has offered the tower to the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum for preservaton, but we need your help! IHB has given HVRM a limited time frame within which to get the tower moved.

You can visit our website dedicated to Grasselli Tower at:

http://www.grassellitower.com

Thanks!

  by rbarcus
 
Just to keep everybody updated, so far we've collected $12,833 in cash contributions and donations for the Grasselli Tower Project! This is great news considering the short amount of time we have! We're over 1/4 of the way there, but we still have a ways to go...

I want to thank everyone for the generous contributions!!!!

Bob Barcus
HVRM Grasselli Tower Project
http://www.grassellitower.com

  by Otto Vondrak
 
Bob, that's great news. Thanks for letting us know!

Is there any way you can collect donations electronically, perhaps through PayPal link from your site?

BTW- whoever made the Tower website did a very good job! Well done.

-otto-

  by rbarcus
 
You can now make your tax-deductible contribution to the Grasselli Tower Project online! Through our affiliation with the Starke County Community Foundation, you can use your credit card to help save Grasselli Tower. When you make the donation through the SCCF/NICF website, make sure that you follow the instructions so that we get properly credited. The amount of money we have raised in such a short period of time is truly amazing! Thank you!!!

http://www.grassellitower.com/donate-online.htm

  by Otto Vondrak
 
As an example, Western Connecticut Chapter NRHS acquired and restored the historic tower at South Norwalk... however, it remains trackside, and has become a popular downtown attraction... http://www.westctnrhs.org/tower.htm

-otto-

  by rbarcus
 
How just a couple of days can make a difference! This morning I received an email from Mark Knebel (our secretary at the HVRM) advising me to update the Grasselli Tower website with a new dollar amount. I'm pleased to say that we have now surpassed the $20K mark and our donation meter signal now displays a slow-clear indication! :-)

  by rbarcus
 
The semaphores continue to move on the Grasselli Tower Project - we have now surpassed the $30k mark and are getting closer to our goal. If you haven't already donated to this worthy cause, just visit our website at http://www.grassellitower.com and make your donation online. This is a great opportunity for the railfan and railroad preservation communities to step up and help save a piece of railroad history.

Again, a big THANK YOU to everyone that has donated to the project!!!

  by Otto Vondrak
 
That's great news, please keep us posted to your progress. This is a most interesting project!

-otto-

  by rbarcus
 
Just to keep everyone updated, as of today we have collected $31,602.39 in donations for the Grasselli Tower project. Closer to our goal, but still far from it! Also, I added a page where you can submit your Tower Stories online (http://www.grassellitower.com/share.htm). Thanks!

  by rbarcus
 
Updated amount for our tower fund stands at $32,727.39. There's still time to make your donation - visit the Grasselli Tower website today!

http://www.grassellitower.com
  by rbarcus
 
I've updated the donation amount on the Grasselli Tower website - our total now stands at just over $35,000 - only $15,000 to go!
  by rbarcus
 
I'm grateful during these tough economic times that people have found the money to help us move Grasselli Tower. At the present time, we're only $13,733.47 away from our goal of $50k! Thank you to everyone that has contributed thus far and if you haven't already made a donation, please do so!

http://www.grassellitower.com