Display moved from island
Sunday, March 31, 2013 7:00 PM
MARINETTE - Motorists traveling across the Interstate Bridge Sunday morning got quite a sight. Sometime overnight someone, somehow moved the massive logging display some 40 feet from the front lawn at Stephenson Island to the road leading in.
Authorities are investigating how the logging sleigh weighing several thousand pounds and two replica draft horses at Stephenson Island in Marinette were moved 40 feet from their anchored position. A local construction company was called in Sunday morning to put the display back in its proper location. Special to the EagleHerald/Joe Cartwright
Although the display did not interfere with traffic on the bridge, getting on the island was very difficult. Authorities had to close it off until early afternoon when construction crews could arrive to safely return it to its original location.
"Whoever did this knew what they were doing," said investigator Sgt. Jack Lumbar. "We don't believe it was anyone's intent to steal the display, just move it. Why? We have no idea."
While officials on both sides of the river routinely patrol the bridge, no one so much as called in one suspicious activity about the landmark display.
"We're looking at tire tracks left in the ground but we don't have the technical equipment to track down clues like they do on television," said Lumbar. "We plan to send the evidence photos to the state crime lab to see if they can provide us with any leads."
The display depicts 10,000 board feet of timber, typical of a load coming out of the northwoods back in the late 1800s. The logs, sleigh and horses were donated in 1966 to the Marinette County Historical Society which operates a logging museum on the island.
Police officials have a suspect in mind and say it may be the work of same person who broke the lighthouse and created a stir by making people think tolls would be collected on the Interstate Bridge.
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