Site chosen in Canton, Ohio for the restored statue of McKinley of Arcata

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A crane removed McKinley’s statue early one morning in February 2019. [Photo from the City of Arcata]

Via Crazy River Union

In the three years since Arcata off hook its statue of President William McKinley and Shipped in Canton, Ohio, the ultimate location of the bronze effigy is uncertain.

While the battered sculpture was known to have been restored, the Timken Foundation, which took possession of the statue, did not release its plans.

Even the mayor of Canton had no idea where the statue was or where it would end up.

This plaza on Tuscarawas Street and Market Avenue in downtown Canton could house the statue. ThroughGoogle

Now, according to a Cantonal deposit Kelly Byer’s story, the Timken Foundation, which controls the statue, chose its landing spot – the Stark County Courthouse. This decision still needs to be approved by the Stark County Board of Commissioners.

According to Deposit story, no votes have been scheduled as the commissioners await more information on the base and final dimensions of the statue. The Timken Foundation will cover installation costs.

The location at the corner of Tuscarawas Street and Market Avenue was chosen due to its proximity to notable historical sites related to McKinley, including Saxton Househome of Ida and William McKinley, as well as his law firms and his Methodist church.

The removal of the statue has been approved by a nearly two-thirds majority of Arcata voters in 2018. In approving the transfer to Canton, the city had stipulated that it would be publicly displayed. Although Canton is not where McKinley was born, it is where he practiced law and launched his political career, and it is his de facto hometown. Neighbor William McKinley Presidential Library and Museum had declined the opportunity accommodate the statue.

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