Historic columns may get new Belleville home

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BELLEVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Some historic limestone columns that once graced a former southwestern Illinois courthouse are headed to a new home.

The Belleville News-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1nRWzu2) reports that history buffs in Belleville hope to use the segments of the columns to decorate roundabouts expected to be opened July 4 at Illinois highways 158 and 13.

The columns had been part of the old St. Clair County Courthouse before they were removed in 1972. They then were part of a real estate agent’s office before winding up at Belleville’s Bicentennial Park.
Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com