Time Capsule

By: Justin Ware
By: Justin Ware

Thursday on display in the new building was a relic from the past, a time capsule that contained a letter from the mayor of Stevens Point in 1954 to the current mayor, who happens to be Gary Wescott.

The letter talks about what issues faced Point in the 50's, which Wescott says are very similar to ones facing it now: schools, growth and development, and constantly planning for the future.

"Recognizing that the work we do here in the year 2004 has ramifications 15, 20, 25, 50 years from now," said Mayor Gary Wescott of Stevens Point.

One area that was being worked on then, and is still now, was traffic flow. In 1954, it was what to do with Highway 51. That ended up here just east of town. Now, it's the Highway 10 bypass, an issue that has been a sore spot for some residents.

"More and more, the mall, the little stores down here are getting less and less traffic into them because of that," said Bill DeVivo, Stevens Point Downtown Business Owner.

Devivo wants to see more things divert traffic to downtown and says the Highway 10 bypass will do the opposite, but he also says the city has done some things to help businesses in the downtown, something Devivo hopes will become part of point's legacy in the future.

Aside from the letter, there's still quite a few things that were in the time capsule that sentry insurance has yet to disclose.

They wouldn't give us any details as to what those items were, but it sure will be interesting to find out when they do.