ANGOLA, Ind. (WFFT) -- A piece of American history in Angola is currently being renovated after receiving damage over time. The damage came from age, weather and the vibration of vehicles driving by.
Steuben County commissioner Jim Crowl says the Steuben County Soldiers Monument has been a part of the town since Sept. 13, 1917.
Crowl says, “The reason that that monument is there is because the number of soldiers enlisted in the Union Army per capita, Steuben County sent the most soldiers. That's why it's there. A good amount of soldiers paid for that monument.”
Not only is it beautiful to look at but Crowl says it represents the commitment the soldiers made to the Union Army during the Civil War and for the advancement of this country.
Crowl says, “The turmoil we have right now in this country is sad and this is a structure that will stand when rebuilt and standing forever I hope.”
For local restaurant owner John Sutton, the monument brings in tourists from all over the country.
“Everyone always says I’m going to the mound or the monument and so, it’s always been an attraction for Angola to have it beautified is a great thing for the town!”
Bill Gunn moved from Bryan, Ohio, and says he loves coming down to Sutton's restaurant and seeing the monument. He says, “We’ve been here for about two years and every time we’ve come here it’s been fantastic.
Sutton says having the monument restored isn’t just a win for his restaurant but for the city of Angola as well.
Sutton says, “Tons of people ask us what the monument stands for so to have it beautified is great for the city of Angola.”
Crowl says people can expect to see the monument finished in November.