Tell City turns 150

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By The Staff

Top photo, the Linda Smith Band filled the Brau Garten Thursday night, the second of four evenings of live entertainment scheduled for Tell City's sesquicentennial Schweizer Fest. Other bands played gospel, country and other styles of music. A new gazebo dedicated last week in honor of Charles and Virginia Borders provided the backdrop for events in the park.

Center-left photo, Jeremy Kemper of Terre Haute won Saturday's 6-mile road run with a time of 31 minutes, 57 seconds. Moderate temperatures in the 80s helped runners and fans who watched the 2- and 6-mile races begin on Seventh Street and cheered runners at the finish line on Main Street in front of St. Paul Church.

Center-right photo, fireworks over the Ohio River visible from the Spirit of Jefferson's Saturday-night cruise. Mulzer Crushed Stone and Tell City Concrete sponsored the show.

Bottom photo, travelers aboard a trolley prepare for a guided tour of historic points of interest. This year's Schweizer Fest provided new activities as well as popular favorites of the past.

Sesquicentennial photos available

The News is selling five-disc sets of sesquicentennial photos in a keepsake collection that includes more than 600 digital photos from Tell City's celebration. Photos have been adjusted and are ready to print from home computers or photo kiosks at local stores such as CVS and Wal-Mart. Photos were prepared for a sesquicentennial time capsule that will be buried next week but are being offered to readers who want a keepsake.

Included are photos from this year's Schweizer Fest musical 1776, parade, opening ceremony, bands, diaper derby, street-car parade, queen contest, Kids' Day, road runs and other events from the Aug. 2-9 festivities. Samples of photos can be found in the Photo Gallery section of this Web site. Cost is $25 and includes a sesquicentennial program and copy of this year's Schweizer Zeitung.