Historic building demolished in Marysville, community working to preserve others

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MARYSVILLE — Marysville is a living ghost town with a rich history that has been preserved through the hard work of many of its citizens. However, the historic mining town lost part of that history on Monday with the demolition of one of its iconic buildings.

On Main Street near the corner of 2nd Street was the former Lush Confectionery store which was built in the late 1800s. The building and the adjacent former JA Shaffer Mercantile are privately owned. The old confectionery is being demolished for safety reasons.

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Marysville Pioneer Association President Tammy Bridges says it hurts to lose the iconic building.

“You can’t replace what you have here, unfortunately, if you don’t restore and maintain the structures, they’re gone,” Bridges said.

Marysville was founded shortly after the discovery of gold in 1876. At one time thousands of people lived in the bustling mining town, but today there are only about 70.

Current residents are fiercely proud of the town’s heritage, with the Marysville Pioneer Association dedicated to preserving the area’s history.

Masonic Lodge of Marysville

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Bridges says when a building collapses, it’s like losing part of the community’s identity.

“So what you have is old photos, old material to tell them what was here, what happened, but it’s really nice to have the structure there for people can see it because these buildings are so iconic to Marysville and sadly half of them are going to be gone,” Bridges noted.

Demolition of Lush Confectionery in Marysville

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The Marysville Pioneer Association has worked to preserve several historic sites such as the cemetery and the old schoolhouse. They are actively working to save the former Masonic temple on Main Street from a fate similar to that of lush confectionery.

Bridges says the biggest hurdle for the project is that historic preservation of buildings is an expensive undertaking.

“And that’s unfortunately what it will take, that’s a lot of money,” Bridges said. “So I try to work on grants and we’ve done local fundraisers for the Masonic Lodge itself. I went there a few weeks ago and it’s going to take a lot more than I’ve amassed, but you know you have to start somewhere.

More information on the pioneers of Marysville and ways to help them preserve the Masonic Lodge to be found on their social networks.

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