Time capsule saved as Seneca Co. courthouse demolished

Time Capsule

A time capsule was partly crushed but its contents salvaged as excavators continued demolition of a 125-year-old county courthouse in northwest Ohio.


he copper box was placed in the cornerstone of the Seneca County courthouse in 1884. After being dropped Thursday by an excavator, it was opened with pliers at the county garage.

Inside were a business card for the copper and iron worker who crafted the box, a packet of local newspapers, letters, coins from the 1880s, a 1784 Spanish coin and a Seneca County history book.

The cornerstone, box and its contents will be displayed at the county museum.

Demolition started last week after taxpayers wanting to save the courthouse abandoned their effort when the Ohio Supreme Court declined to intervene.

You can view the demolition on Seneca County Radio's website.