BOWLING GREEN – With the opening of the new Champ Clark Bridge, a piece of history from the old span will be on display at Honey Shuck, the historic museum home of the former Speaker of the House.
Both ends of the old bridge on Highway 54 in Louisiana had metal plaques indicating to motorists its dedication to Champ Clark. The Missouri Department of Transportation decided to donate one of the plaques to Honey Shuck to be remembered.
MoDOT Communications Manager Marisa Ellison indicated that Honey Shuck board members were happy to receive the aged, weather-worn piece. The old Champ Clark Bridge had been in use for about 90 years.
Honey Shuck Board President Larry Twellman and Board Secretary Brent Engel were on hand to accept the donation on Friday, Sept. 6.
The museum home will be open during the 24th Annual Champ Clark Heritage Festival this weekend on Saturday, Sept. 14 then will be closed during the winter months with the exception of scheduled tours.
Photo: Honey Shuck Board President Larry Twellman is pictured with MoDOT Communications Manager Marisa Ellison accepting the donation of one of the plaques from the old Champ Clark Bridge to be placed on display.