Fort Defiance Monument

Here is another example of how a person can grow up in a small town and look at a landmark for years and never know what it is. When we found this card listed on an on-line auction we were surprised to finally realize what it was dedicating. This monument was constructed from a rejected piller on the post office construction project and stood in the city park since 1912. Yet when we asked family and friends about it most did not know exactly what it was. An interesting note is that when the new court house addition was built this monument was moved and the vault in it's base was opened and refilled for later generations. My father donated an electronics magazine to be placed in it to represent all the changes that have occurred in communication.

We are presenting this black and white postcard of the same monument with the thought that the first card may have been an artists conception of this scene. We reach this thought based on the position of the WW I gun that is on the left side of the manument in the first postcard scene and in front of it in the scene below. Since the postcard below is a real picture postcard (RPPC) instead of a lithograph.

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