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Historical Artifacts Saved by Volunteers

WYOMING, IA (CBS2/FOX28) There are three things you cant miss in Wyoming: yellow police tape, the charred remains of Teds Swinging Door and the smell of burned wood in the air.

Oh, its going to smell for years up here, said Chairman of the Wyoming Historical Museum Commission Jim Eichhorn.

The stench wont fade and neither will the memories. Teds Swinging Door was a cornerstone, where someone new could find conversation.

This is where I got to know most of the community that Ive become friends with, said Jesse Deinsdale, who recently moved to the area.

The bar has been around for about a century, and the fire that started in that building threatened some of Wyomings history just next door. So it was family and friends to the rescue.

People just appeared out of nowhere and started carrying things out, said volunteer Joyce Fishwald.

When you got about ten seconds to decide you just grab and go and if somebodys standing there, Here, take this and get it out the back door, said Eichhorn.

Whats next is to start cleaning up, putting pictures back on the wall. For that, local residents are around to help too.

The ladies are working next door here, sorting and putting back what we did get moved out, said Eichhorn.

Each piece will have to be cleaned off and restored in some cases, said Fishwild.

The old Post Office, turned storage, now is a makeshift restoration shop. Working to get the museum up and running ahead of its 25 Year Anniversary Celebration in November.
 
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