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Iron Mike on the move

Marseyne Snow of Oregon and her Bernese Mountain dogs visit Iron Mike last summer. The historic public fountain on the corner of Fourth and Washington streets in Oregon, a gift from the Illinois Humane Society in 1901, is being moved to a safer spot on the northeast corner of the Ogle County Courthouse lawn.
Marseyne Snow of Oregon and her Bernese Mountain dogs visit Iron Mike last summer. The historic public fountain on the corner of Fourth and Washington streets in Oregon, a gift from the Illinois Humane Society in 1901, is being moved to a safer spot on the northeast corner of the Ogle County Courthouse lawn.

OREGON – The City Council agreed Tuesday to spend $15,000 to move a local landmark.

Iron Mike, a century-old cast-iron drinking fountain, will be moved from the sidewalk on Washington Street just west of the intersection with Fourth Street to a safer spot on the northeast corner of the Ogle County Courthouse lawn.

“We’re moving it 15 feet because it almost got hit by a car several years ago,” Mayor Ken Williams said. “It’s a historic icon so we need to preserve it.”

The county board has agreed to share the cost of the project.

The fountain will be removed in the fall, sandblasted and sealed, then re-installed in the spring, where it will become the focal point of a seating area with two benches and brick pavers.

Iron Mike was presented to the city and installed by the Ogle County Humane Society in 1901.

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