- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

YORK, Neb. (AP) - The original cornerstone from a southern Nebraska courthouse demolished decades ago is safe and in storage, but whether there’s a time capsule inside the block is another matter.

Historians say the forefathers of York County had intended for the time capsule to be opened on the county’s 150th birthday, the York News-Times (http://bit.ly/1Iggigs ) reported. The upcoming anniversary prompted a discussion last week among county commissioners about where the time capsule may be located.

Some county residents suspect the capsule that’s supposed to be opened in 2020 might be inside the cornerstone. Others like Nancy Beach with the York County Historical Society wonder if the capsule is instead somewhere else in the current courthouse.

The cornerstone is being housed at the county roads department. The names of those behind the original courthouse are carved into it - A.C. Corey, J.W. Bullard, D. Graves, W.H. Bagnell and C.J. Hurlbut. The architect’s name also is included but the newspaper said the etching is difficult to read.

“I knew this stone was here, but until yesterday morning, I wasn’t aware there was the possibility that a time capsule is inside it,” said York County Highway Superintendent Harvey Keim on Tuesday.

Two large flat slabs are being stored next to the cornerstone. Keim said it’s believed those slabs belonged to the front of the old courthouse.

The top slab has the phrase, “Erected 1886,” carved into it. Keim said he doesn’t know what the bottom slab says, simply because the pieces are too heavy to move without using mechanical equipment.

“We will take good care of them,” Keim said.

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Information from: York News-Times, http://www.yorknewstimes.com

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