A historic piece of Washburn is coming down.
The McLean County Courthouse has stood in the heart of Washburn for more than 100 years.
Now Construction crews work to demolish the building that's plagued by not only age and deteriation but bat droppings and disease...
(Ladd Erickson / McLean Co. State's Attorney) "Nobody is joyful about this, I don't think anyone ever has been. It's been a great building for the county. It lasted a long time and there was a lot of service to it, but I would equate it to euthanizing your dog, you just have no choice, because the building is sick and there is just not the resources to maintain it.
For some it's a day they fought hard to avoid.
Dennis Kost is part of a group that worked to save the courthouse.
(Dennis Kost / Fought to Keep Courthouse) "There's a big sign out here, "Historic Washburn" outside on highway 83. They might as well take the sign down because this was a major part of historic Washburn and they are destroying it, they are removing it. The people who come back in the summer time to see the things they grew up with, it's our roots of many, many people throughout the nation who are upset about this."
The project will cost about 1.1 million dollars.
In 2010 voters approved building a new courthouse that is now being used.