Evans City Historical Society Restoring Condemned Spring
December 4, 2023

The Evans City Historical Society is embarking on a mission to restore the Minetta Spring, a historical landmark dating back to 1896, which has been in a state of disrepair for years. Lying just west of Evans City in Jackson Township, the spring, fondly known for its iconic red door, was once a popular source of water for the local community until it was condemned in 1958 during the reconstruction of Route 68.

The Society’s restoration project, led by president Rick Reifenstein, aims to preserve the site and its rich history. Despite the impossibility of reopening the spring for public use due to its precarious location along the highway, efforts are underway to clean up the site, replace missing decorative caps on the structure, and rebuild the mortar joints of its masonry.

Historical Society member and Evans City mayor Dean Zinkhann emphasized the project’s goal to uphold local history, hoping the initiative will spark interest in heritage preservation beyond municipal boundaries. The Society is in the process of finalizing the details of the restoration.

To learn more details on the project and the fascinating story behind Minetta Spring, read the full article here.

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