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A Final Historical Goodbye

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) Cedar Rapids has one less historic structure after the Hach building in the New Bohemia District came down early this morning. Local preservationists tried, in vain to stop the demolition in the hours before demolition.

In between the cracking of old wood and the shattering of broken glass, Allan Hach has a few stories to tell about the building that his great-grandfather built more than a century ago.

"There was a guy come in the store every Tuesday, ordered the creamed squirrel, complained about it, paid his bill and left, Hach told the crowd. Typical Bohemian, every Tuesday."

The Hach building opened as a bottling factory, then worked as a beer distributor and finally was known as a saloon until the flood in 2008.

"So Uncle Ben picks up the cat, brings it through, Hach continued. Grandpa takes it, hunches the cat, meow! whacks the cleaver on the table and when Uncle Ben took the squirrel out to the guy, he's gone, and he never came back.

The Hach family hasnt owned the building since World War II, but those stories have never left the family.

"I told the creamed squirrel one about the one that happened here, said Hach. I don't know if that's true or not, but everybody that hears it goes, 'Creamed squirrel? Ah, that's gross,' but then they laugh at the end of it."

That what was once a gateway to the New Bohemia District now a pile of rubble, those stories are all thats left.

"Sadly the way it is, is like the other green spaces you see around here, within a few years, this might be forgotten, said Robert Hach Jr. The builder, Peter Hach, is also his great-grandfather.

Save CR Heritage hopes that people who drive by and see the building torn down will be motivated to help save other historic structures around Cedar Rapids.
 
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