- Associated Press - Thursday, August 6, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The mayor of Springfield has paid $2,500 to buy a local landmark - a concrete statue of a seal that for decades stood outside the city’s Bel-Aire Motel.

Mayor Jim Langfelder says he’s looking for suggestions of what to do with the 8,000-pound statue. The seal was once a fountain outside the now-demolished motel and a popular stop on Route 66.

The mayor tells The (Springfield) State Journal-Register (https://bit.ly/1MSbI92 ) that he wanted to preserve a piece of city history. He paid for the statue with his own money. Langfelder says he can envision putting the seal in a park or as a traveling attraction.

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Information from: The State Journal-Register, https://www.sj-r.com

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