By Tim Kowols
Before there was GPS and traditional street signage, concrete blocks near sidewalks were the way people found their way around Sturgeon Bay. The Door County Historical Museum and Archive is asking for help locating these concrete blocks that were rendered obsolete post-1943 as it became harder for people to figure out where they were going in the growing city. Ginny Haen from the Door County Museum and Archive says once the city switched to the familiar signage poles, the concrete blocks with old street names and even prominent businessmen were left unpreserved or destroyed.
The Door County Historical Museum and Archive needs your help in finding the directional relics so they can be photographed and learn what is being done to preserve them. The photos will be used for an exhibit commemorating the 75th anniversary since many of the local streets were renamed and the blocks were replaced.
To assist in these efforts, please e-mail the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can’t e-mail, you can call and leave a message as the museum is closed to the public for the season. Someone will get back to you to get your information. If you have salvaged a block, we’d also like to see what you have done to preserve it.