By: Keven Harsh

“I’ve never been to Europe, but I have friends who have shared with me their marvel at the old castles and other historic buildings in that part of the world. Imagine the loss if those magnificent structures had not been preserved! I’m not comparing the historic Murray First Ward building to medieval castles, but I believe the need to preserve our heritage is similar. When I see structures built by those of pioneer stock, such as the Murray First Ward building, I remember many of the sacrifices they made to begin building this beautiful city! In my mind’s eye, when I drive or walk past the historic Murray First Ward, I see echoes of those who came before and feel a deep appreciation for them. I recognize that my life is better because of their efforts. For me, it would be a sad thing to lose that reminder and the history the Murray First Ward building represents.”