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A Modest Proposal


There's a small city in south-central Nebraska, called Hastings.  Like many similarly sized places in the state, there's an old locomotive, donated from Union Pacific, in a city park.  And like in many communities, it's well-regarded; a nod to the importance of the railroad in local history.

And like the locomotives in other city parks, by the end of the 20th Century, Hastings' steam engine had seen better days.  It needed some restoring and a lot of paint, but the City didn't have the money.

Enter a local civic group, and their creative way to raise the funds.

The local Noon Lions Club came up with the idea of selling "stock".  For five bucks or whatever, people could own a "share" of the steam engine.  Community-minded folks who might not normally donate were encouraged to, because now they had something that said they were partially responsible for restoring "Ol' 237".  They had a sense of ownership.

Now, granted, the cost of restoring the engine was no-where near the cost of restoring, maintaining, or even building some of Cincinnati's landmarks, but it's a start, no?

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