Historic mausoleum getting repairs for the first time in years

Updated: Jul. 16, 2018 at 7:12 PM CDT
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PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - A historic mausoleum is getting upgrades for the first time in many years.

The city of Paragould received a $20,000 grant from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Society.

"We are going to start by replacing the roof on the mausoleum," said Andrea Williams, Paragould city clerk.

The Linwood Mausoleum sits on a hillside at Linwood Cemetery in Paragould, and it houses 160 crypts, including former mayors and the famous bank robber Frank Nash.

The city hired an architect with grant money to assess repair needs.

They'll start on the roof, which Williams said has damage.

"We are having lots of issues with it leaking and causing other damage to the mausoleum," Williams said. "We are also looking at repairing the windows. Some of them have been broken out by vandals, some of them have been from rocks from lawn mowers. We are also looking at repairing the door. There's been some shifting in the mausoleum."

The Linwood Mausoleum is on the National Historic Registry.

Williams said the city plans on applying for more grants to continue necessary repairs in the future.

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