The Memorial Sculpture, commissioned by the Lind Centennial Committee, was designed and constructed by artist, Dave Govedare, and 15 feet high , 36 feet long. It was placed on a six-foot high concrete foundation and has an 18-inch base of lava stone masonry from nearby rock formations. Inside the concrete base is the community’s Time Capsule to be opened in 2038. The sculpture represents the 'then' and the 'now' through the three elements most important to Lind’s heritage: the people, the railroad, and agriculture. Formal dedication was June 5, 1988 in the new Memorial Park.
A Spokesman - Review photographer from Spokane arrived to photograph our Centennial Monument with the citizens of Lind. The time was set - 12:00 noon! By 11:45 only a few citizens had arrived at the Memorial Park and the photographer asked, “Where are the people?” Carol Kelly told him, “Be patient, it won't matter where they come from in Lind it will only take 5 minutes to get here!” At 12:00 most all 500 residents were in the park and ready
for the photograph to be taken. We have lost a lot of the people featured in this photograph, but on the other hand, the young kids in the pictures are grown now with their own children. Amazing that so much time has passed..... and so quickly!
Visitors regularly visit Lind to view and take photographs of the memorial sculpture. The park, financed through projects and grants during the Centennial's planning, was originally a sub-station owned by Doug Urquhart, owner/manager of Union Elevator Warehouse Company.
After the Centennial celebration, the park was donated to the Town of Lind for maintenance and care.
In 2038, a time capsule, buried below the monument, will be opened. Hope some of you are still here to be a part of that celebration. There are many items that are buried there; many things that we currently do not use. There has been a lot of progress since that capsule was sealed.
The cost of the monument was $30,000. David Govedare presented three different possibilities, and we chose the most expensive, of course. We continue to follow David's artistic travels and note that he designed and constructed the runners in Riverfront Park, Spokane, Washington, called the Joy of Running Together, plus the 15 life-size horses on a hill overlooking the beautiful Columbia Gorge at Vantage. Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies is a beautiful memorial to the wild horses that once lived in the hills above the mighty Columbia.
The Lind Mayor, Howard Heil, chose the following as members of the Centennial Committee. This committee consisted of the following who were to spearhead and coordinate all centennial committees, to follow up on the progress of each committed and to promote and encourage total community participation. They were:
Carol Kelly, President
Jim Kelly, Treasurer
Gary Johnson, Secretary
Vivian Loomis, Vice President
Suzie Wallace, Vice President
The committee has long been disbanded, and actually, most of the them are still among us except for Lois Strohmaier who was extremely instrumental in the the planning and orchestrating the celebration.